Seaside to San Luis Obispo
International Cycling History Is Made At Amgen Tour Of California As Olympic And World Champion Paolo Bettini Wins Stage Four In Photo Finish. For the first time ever, a reigning Olympic and World Champion won a race held on U.S. soil.
Under clear skies and roaring crowds who packed the finish in downtown San Luis Obispo, Bettini outsprinted T-Mobile's Gerald Ciolek (GER) and Team CSC's Juan Jose "J.J." Haedo (ARG), who finished second and third respectively, to take his first stage win in America.
The ride from Seaside to San Luis Obispo was punctuated by two brief rain showers and some of the most striking scenery yet as the cyclists rode hard down the Highway 1 coastline. The average speed was 25.8 mph (41.5 kph), with the leaders completing the course in 5:05:47.
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stage 4 results
Levi Leipheimer Retains Leader Jersey
1. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, 213.4km in 5:05:47
2. Gerald Ciolek (G), T-Mobile, same time
3. Juan José Haedo (Arg), CSC, s.t.
4. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Crédit Agricole, s.t.
5. Graeme Brown (Aus), Rabobank, s.t.
1. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel, 17:52:12
2. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, at 0:03
3. Rory Sutherland (Aus), Health Net-Maxxis, at 0:15
4. Christopher Horner (USA), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:16
5. Ardila Cano Mauricio Alberto (Col), Rabobank, at 0:17
Leader: Levi Leipheimer (USA), Discovery Channel
Points: J.J. Haedo (Arg), CSC
KOM: Christophe Laurent (F), Crédit Agricole
Best young rider: Matthew Lloyd (Aus), Predictor-Lotto