The Hot Scoop
At breakfast at the lovely Holiday Inn we were staying at we ran into Lance Armstrong eating at the hotel restaurant. As he was leaving I called over to him and we briefly chatted. Just small talk about eating at a hotel restaurant. Al and Tim had their laptops out and he commented on them working during breakfast and then he was gone…
I briefly spoke to Tony Cruz as he signed in this morning and asked about the chances of Levi taking the jersey all the way to the finish. Tony told me that Levi is riding strong and the team could take it to Long Beach. So what was promised to be a race that the leader’s jersey was traded around each day has turned out to be not entirely true. Tomorrow’s stage is not hard enough to shake up GC, so it is all down to Friday’s time trial. Voight disclosed at the press conference that at their recent training camp he was only three seconds slower than reining time trial champion Cancellara. Another rider sitting close to the top is Michael Rogers. Friday’s stage will be the one to decide the overall winner.
Tim Johnson’s pre-race face