Tour of California Stage One: Leipheimer still leads, Graeme Brown wins stage, Zabriskie crashes out

A major pile up spoiled Levi Leipheimer’s ride into his hometown of Santa Rosa yesterday, but he held onto his leaders jersey nevertheless. Ivan Basso paced Leipheimers day…not a bad pacesetter at all.
“What an honor to have Ivan Basso put the throttle down today… I know those roads out near Occidental, and he was ripping it up! I’m very honored and very proud to have him lead me into my hometown…”, said Leipheimer.

Graeme Brown of Rabobank won the bunch sprint to the finish by edging out T-Mobile’s Greg Henderson and Discovery’s Allen Hansen.

One of the tour favorites, and former Tour De France yellow jersey wearer, David Zabriskie, crashed out of the race with a wrist injury about 70 miles into the stage. X-rays were negative, but he did suffer a minor concussion.
“70 miles into the race (Dave Zabriskie) had a moderate speed accident and hit his head. He was a little bit foggy and decided it was best not to continue on, and he’s out of the race. This is one of the more difficult things about working in a race like this. In this situation if he has an intact neurological exam, you can continue to let him ride. It’s almost like a “stress” test when you get back on your bike. The decision was fairly straightforward when he got back on his bike. He had a mild concussion,” said the races chief medical officer.

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