The drive south to Paso Robles along Hwy 101 was gorgeous today, miles and miles of vineyards and densely productive agricultural land. I had fun reading the license plates on the cars from various states, all traveling in one long procession to the next stage start. I stopped for coffee, and again at a rest stop, where everyone happily greeted total strangers simply because they had bike racks on their cars, or team apparel on their backs.
I enjoyed an excellent dinner with local wine in Santa Ynez tonight with my family who have gathered here in Solvang for Stage 6 time trial tomorrow. This is sort of a tradition by now, our (nearly) yearly reunion in Solvang. My Mother actually stopped by and chatted with the owner of the Bulldog Cafe today, just to stop in and see how things were going and talk about the big day tomorrow. My parents and brother and sister-in-law were thrilled to meet Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen in the hotel lobby this evening, and I was thrilled to throw them a wave.
Tomorrow should be great fun, with much to see and great atmosphere to enjoy. So far each day has been totally different at the Tour of California. Today I saw the finish of Stage 5 in Paso Robles, a wonderful welcoming town with a shady park in the center of town. It was easy getting in and getting out, but most notable for the relaxed atmosphere. A day of hanging around and watching people, and then, some fast bike racing came into town ...
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Stage 5 results 1 Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) 5:16:03 2 Leigh Howard (HTC-Highroad) 3 Ben Swift (Sky) 4 Paul Martens (Rabobank) 5 Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefit) 6 Joan Aen Jorgensen (Saxo Bank-SunGard) 7 Coen Vermeltfoort (Rabobank) 8 Taylor Phinney (BMC) 9 Frank Pipp (Bissell) 10 Alexander Gottfried (NetApp)Stage 5 Highlights w/ Phil Liggett (03:52 English) — nbcsports - [Steephill.TV]
Chris Horner Post-Stage 5 Interview (02:11 English) — nbcsports - [Steephill.TV]