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Kwan Low's 2007 Tour of California, Part II
story by Low Kwan Seng | photos by Low Kwan Seng


Stage 3 "Sierra King of the Mountains", 21 February 2007:

Right, let's dispense with the words. On to more photos:

I told you last year that I was going to get better shots of the "Angel", what can I say?

OK, having had my diet of Angel photos, let us move on to the race pics:

The obligatory Mavic neutral support car. You can see the Angel's wings on the left of the photo (argh! Must stop!)

Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) was the first rider across the KoM line, sprinting across it for good measure. He had launched an attack up the climb to catch a 3 man breakaway. Close the 6 mins gap on a 3 miles (5km) climb - wow!

Following Levi over the line were Jason McCartney (Discovery Channel), Jens Voigt (Team CSC), Robert Gesink (Rabobank) and Chris Horner (Predictor-Lotto), who is partly hidden in this photo.

If a picture tells a thousand words, then Robert Gesink's expression certainly describes the effort he was putting in.

In the main group, I think I see Bobby Julich (Team CSC).

Followed by Sergey Lagutin, the reigning Ukranian national champion who rides for Navigators Insurance. He is putting on a gillet for the cold ride down.

Stuart O'Grady? It must be.

Another Bobby Julich? Was I seeing double? I'm not sure… I am guessing this is Fabian Cancellara. I could be wrong, though.

Lots of celebrity riders here! I see current American champion George Hincapie here (second last in this photo), followed by Weight Weenies forum resident pro Adam Hansen (aka "zakeen" on the forum) of T-Mobile. On the far left, you can see that famous half-grimace, half-smile of Ivan Basso. As reported in the media, Ivan has severed all ties with his sponsors of last year and we now are getting used to seeing him on Rudy Projects and Nike shoes instead of Smiths and Sidis.

Sadly, Big George broke his wrist in this race and will miss his beloved Spring Classics.

Another shot of Adam: Yes, that's our fellow Weight-Weenie (, green earring being his trade mark.

Thanks for reading, and Part III will be here soon!

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