Amid breathtaking vistas and challenging roads leading to the top of Mt. Baldy (elevation 7,930 ft.), RadioShack teammates Levi Leipheimer (USA), three-time Amgen Tour of California champion, and Chris Horner (USA) crossed the Stage 7 finish line in first and second place respectively, thrilling fans with a picture-perfect victory.
“Our team was perfect today,” said Leipheimer. “You don’t get to experience that much in professional cycling. To experience a day where everyone clicks was incredible. There wasn’t a lot of talking between us today because we knew exactly what each person on the team was doing; we didn’t need a lot of communication today. The team had a solid performance and everyone did their jobs; it was just a really special and amazing day. The work they did really allowed me to win. There was never a threat, so I was able to ride for a stage win with Chris on my wheel. I really have to thank the boys for that.”
Amgen and the Breakaway from Cancer partner organizations know that it takes a team to overcome cancer. Throughout the past week, we’ve heard from hundreds of survivors who give credit to the ‘team’ that helped them through their cancer journey – caregivers, medical professionals, friends and communities at large. It’s great to see professional riders giving credit to the teams that helps them succeed, since this premise is the driving force behind the Breakaway from Cancer initiative.
Cheered on by the crowds of fans, many of whom braved the same route as the professional riders to get to the finish line, the cyclists dug deep and left it all out on the road for what is sure to be remembered as one of the most epic stages in the history of the race. The second-place finish today will keep Horner in the Amgen Race Leader Jersey heading into the final stage of the race tomorrow. Leipheimer remains in second place overall and Tom Danielson (USA) of Team Garmin-Cervelo moves up to third.
Looking forward to sharing the overall race winner following Stage 8 in Thousand Oaks!