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It Continues - Stage 3

Just to prove to you all that it's raining a lot here, we woke up with 6cm of water flooding the hallway of our hotel. Frank Schleck apparently had no dry clothing today because of this...not to worry, it was raining!.... Just to prove to you all that it's raining a lot here, we woke up with 6cm of water flooding the hallway of our hotel. Frank Schleck apparently had no dry clothing today because of this...not to worry, it was raining!

Straight out of the gates we climbed a steep 6km climb called Sierra Road which has been the decisive climb of the Tour of California in the past few years. But with this climb in the initial kilometres today, the stage was earmarked as a sprint stage. Our team sprinter dug deep to make it over the climbs and did a great job of catching back up to the bunch but unfortunately this blunted his sprint at the finish. We also lost another rider today as Phil Zajicek was diagnosed with a broken wrist. He couragously started the stage and made it over the climb but understandably he couldn't handle the heavy braking required on the wet, twisty and treacherous descent.

Today was filled with even more crashes than yesterday. Leipheimer , the race leader, crashed along with a lot of other experienced cyclists and including our own Dave Kemp. Thankfully, tomorrow is slated for fine weather although watching the news tonight, the mountains we are riding through tomorrow were covered with snow today. The attrition continues. There are no pretenders here.

 
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