CN live (who else is there?):
11:02 EDT The racers have rolled off and started the neutral section. Crowds are less than previous years. That seems to be the trend in general this year.the area just doesn't have enough of a cycling culture to withstand the non-Lance effect. it will be one helluva feat if they can get that race off life-support for next year.
ah well ... it was a good run.
Lead group of 8, 110km to go:but, it's kick ass racing today. from the gun they were on the gas ... 30+mph average up to the first grinder of a climb ~ not steep, but a steady slaughterhouse.
Ryder Hesjedal (Health Net), Ben Day (Navigators Insurance), Anthony Colby (Colavita/Sutter Home), Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), Michael Blaudzun (Team CSC), Alexandre Moos (BMC), Danny Pate (Team Slipstream), Christopher Baldwin (Toyota-United) @ 5+minutes to the pack
Danielson tried to make the break, but was probably called back to protect Count Brackyvich. ... I would have pulled my earpiece out.