Saturday, February 21, 2009
ATOC Stage 7 - Vande Velde in winning break; Zabriskie still 2nd Overall!

Pasadena, CA - Garmin/Slipstream's Christian Vande Velde (left) made the winning break today as ten men seperated themselves from the peloton mid way up the 4900ft climb in the Santa Clarita/Pasadena stage of the Tour of CA.

While not a threat to the overall, the break did make for the best racing of the 2009 event so far and Christian rode particularly aggressively including having to bridge back up to the his breakaway companions after getting an untimely flat while the group was in high gear and going hard.

CVV finished 9th in the stage and teammate Dave Zabriskie maintained 2nd in the overall going into tomorrow's final stage.  Garmin/Slipstream is also sitting 2nd in the team competition right behind Astana.

Stage 7 Results:

1. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA) - 3.24.43
2. Hayden Roulston (NZL)
3. Pieter Weening (NED)
4. Markus Zberg (SWI) - 0.07
5. Martin Elmiger (SWI)
6. Chris Baldwin (USA)
7. George Hincapie (USA)
8. Fränk Schleck (LUX)
9. Christian Vande Velde (USA)
10. Addy Engels (NED)

Peloton - 2.19