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VIDEO: Grinding it out

Thousands of spectators rolled into Palo Alto Sunday as the 2008 Amgen Tour of California got underway.

Billed as America's equivalent to the Tour de France, the race includes 11 international and six American teams of professional racers.

The team members competed as individuals Sunday in a time trial, called the "prologue." The 2.1-mile course started at Hamilton Avenue at Bryant Street in downtown Palo Alto and finished at Museum Way and Palm Drive at Stanford University, after cyclists rode a lap around the Oval.

Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara, who rides for Team CSC, won the prologue with a time of 3 minutes, 51 seconds. Last year's overall Tour of California winner, Levi Leipheimer, came in fourth in the time trial, crossing the finish line after 3 minutes, 57 seconds.

The prologue kickstarted the 650-mile, eight-day race that will stretch from Palo Alto-Stanford to Pasadena. The Amgen race debuted in 2006.

For results and more information, go to http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/ .

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Ride it out

— Palo Alto Online staff


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 18, 2008 at 7:21 am

The race was GREAT! I hope it comes back to our GREAT city next year. Everyone seem to "get into" it.
Get rid of the angel- it was dumb.

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Posted by Happy
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 18, 2008 at 10:09 am

Great race, great athletes, and great atmosphere. Thank you to all the volunteers and fellow spectators who allowed us to have such a fantastic day watching the race in Palo Alto. You made me proud to be a Palo Altan!

Nice photos, Norbert.

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Posted by Janice
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 18, 2008 at 10:49 am

It was great to see so many locals enjoying the Prologue time trials yesterday afternoon! Of course there was a strong contingent of serious bike racing fans from all over the Bay Area and California, as well as other states. But there were also families who biked in from neighboring cities, and lots of smiling faces on people who had no clue what a time trial was all about before yesterday.

Thanks also to the Palo Alto Weekly for such a great spread on the event in last Wednesday's paper. This was useful and informative -- a real contrast to the lame or non-existent coverage offered by our other theoretically local paper last week. [For the record I have no financial or family connection to the Weekly, I just noticed the difference in the coverage. ]

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Posted by too
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 19, 2008 at 12:34 pm

too many police were there, as they are everywhere these days...

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Posted by Danny
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 19, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Better to have too many police than not enough.

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 19, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Web Link

" The Tour of California got off to a lovely start Sunday in festive Palo Alto, where children were wobbling around on their first two-wheelers and even the former mayor was showing off her Lycra bike wear. "

That must have been a sight!!!!
Can you say Tour of california= another ego trip for our former mayor

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Posted by c-note
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 21, 2008 at 7:08 pm

What a treat the race was.The Versus (channel 81) coverage that night was spectacular too.The three announcers who normally cover the Tour de France raved about our fair city, the scores of spectators, Stanford's beautiful Palm drive, and our polished downtown for the television world to notice.Sports Illustrated has a few similar lines about downtown in it this week also. Fine job Palo Alto.Let's do it again sometime...

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