Today I placed a single photographic bet on the decisive move of the day playing out on Bonnie Doon Road once again. When the race arrived Radio Shack were on the front with Horner and Armstrong doing a strong tempo to try and launch Levi. No doubt you'll already know it didn't quite work out as planned. Dave Z proved he could hang with Levi and won the race by a wheel over Rogers in Santa Cruz.
This time it was television camera bikes, race marshals and the vagaries of the chosen line that made this more difficult. I had no real shot at Levi from my side of the road but I did get several good frames of Lance. When I got home I tuned in to the recorded Versus coverage and couldn't believe that they cut away from the race inside the last mile for a hockey pregame show. I'm sure Phil Liggett was secretly infuriated by that move. Terrible decision on Versus' part and one which set cycling forums alight with incendiary comments.
Bissell's Paul Mach was fighting hard to minimize his losses on the tough climb and I love the intensity of the Quickstep rider's look and the ripped base layer that appears to be torn to allow his good luck piece to float free. The last pic is of my pal Willy Nevin who rode over on that gorgeous Vanilla to hang out with me. Thanks Willy.