Stage 4, a test of endurance

After San Jose provided some relief from bad weather, the cold rain was back yesterday as cyclists began Stage 4 of the Tour, and, this time, it was relentless. The 135 mile leg, the longest part of the Tour, should have taken the top cyclists 5-6 hours, but instead took nearly 7 hours to complete.

Although weather conditions were less than ideal, the people of the San Luis Obispo brought out their ponchos and umbrellas and enjoyed the Lifestyle Festival. TWC’s Natalie Haskins had the opportunity to go up on the Finish Line stage and talk to crowds about TWC’s free cancer support services for all people affected by cancer.

After many hours of waiting anxiously for the cyclists to come in, Dominique Rollin from Team Toyota-United made history by securing a solo victory! For those of you unfamiliar with the sport of cycling, a solo victory under these weather condition is almost unheard of. Cyclists usually ride in packs, or pelatons, with the cyclists in the front taking the brunt of the wind, and, therefore, having to use more energy. However, Rollin came in all on his own and defied all expectations of how the end would turn out.

Breakaway from Cancer spokesperson, George Hincapie, also made a great showing, coming in second, and Iker Camano of Team Saunier Duval-Scott came in third. Levi Leipheimer still managed to maintain the overall leader jersey and will lead the pack in today’s Time Trial in Solvang.

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