Tour of California: Luciano Pagliarini takes stage six - Penalty for Cavendish

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24.02.2008/ Fans in Santa Clarita lined the streets to witness the finish to Stage 6 of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, which included an exciting bunch sprint to the finish line. After a review by race officials, Luciano Pagliarini (BRA) of Saunier Duval-Scott was determined to be the stage winner, followed closely by Juan Jose “J.J.” Haedo (ARG) of Team CSC and World Champion Paolo Bettini (ITA) of Quick Step. Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana retained the overall lead heading into the final stage of the race, which will take riders from Santa Clarita to Pasadena today.

© Saunier Duval - Scott
Luciano Pagliarini during the ceremony (© Saunier Duval - Scott)

Mark Cavendish (GBR) of High Road, who was originally declared the stage winner, recovered from a late crash during the first circuit lap and seemed to deliver a powerful sprint victory for High Road. However, officials would later relegate the sprinter for sheltering behind or falling into the slipstream of a vehicle. This decision gave the win to Brazilian sprinter Luciano Pagliarini (Saunier Duval - Scott).

"I´m very happy, this is a big accomplishment in my career," Pagliarini said after the race. "I´m so sorry about what happened to Cavendish, but in my opinion it was the right decision, disqualifying him because he crashed with five kilometres to go and we came into the circuit at a very high speed. This is not a big win for me, it´s not like a win with your hands up. But I´m very happy anyway. Now I´ll ride in Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo, and then in the Giro d´Italia. A stage win at the Italian grand tour is one of my two main goals this season. The other one is getting a medal at the Olympic Games."

"Officials saw Mark (Cavendish) hang on to a car for an extended period of time," said Jim Birrell, race director. "It’s unfortunate because he put in such a good effort today, but those are the rules."

Team CSC's J.J. Haedo was third in the sprint, but ended up being noted for a second place after Luciano André Pagliarini (Saunier Duval) was celebrated as the new winner of the sixth stage.

"My team mates made sure I was positioned perfectly for the sprint, but I couldn't get far enough up front after the final turn. I should've sprinted all the way to the finish line, but I stopped, when I realized I wouldn't be able to pass Cavendish. That might have meant a victory for me, but it's no good thinking like that now. I have to give it one last try tomorrow and see if we can round off this race with a victory," said Haedo after the somewhat untraditional finish.

Despite the chaos and challenges that came late in the race, Astana managed to keep Leipheimer in the overall race lead, with an advantage of 49 seconds going into tomorrow’s race.

"It’s sweet to be near the prize, but it’s never over until we cross the finish line," said Leipheimer. "The Amgen Tour of California is the best in the world right now and has the best riders. I feel privileged and proud to be the guy that has led the race for the past couple of years, but I’ve worked hard to earn it."

In cloudy but dry conditions, the field rolled out of Santa Barbara for this 105-mile penultimate stage. The course featured several small climbs and many expected attacks from several teams. An early move on the second climb put six riders up the road.

This significant breakaway featured Steven Cozza (USA) of Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30, Rory Sutherland (AUS) of HealthNet Presented by Maxxis, Christophe Le Mevel (FRA) of Credit Agricole, Alexandre Pichot (FRA) of Bouygues Telecom, Karsten Kroon (NED) of Team CSC and David Canada (ESP) of Saunier Duval-Scott.

Riding smoothly, the break built up a lead of seven minutes over the field. After the final climb of the day, Astana gave the front to the teams of sprinters and allowed them to chase down a stage win.

As the breakaway reached the streets of Santa Clarita, the leaders only had a dwindling two minute advantage. At the front of the field rode a train of Quick Step riders, with its two sprinters, Bettini and Tom Boonen (USA), in tow. Following close behind was High Road with its aces, Cavendish and Gerald Ciolek (GER), and Rock Racing’s sprint duo of Mario Cipollini (ITA) and Fred Rodriguez (USA).

But in that fight for position, wheels touched and down went Cipollini, Rodriguez and Cavendish in a heap.

"Coming into the last two laps, I had Cipollini in front of me and Cavendish in front of him," said Rodriguez. "Cavendish swerved and took out Mario. I had no where to go. I basically t-boned Mario and then went head first into the pavement." Cavendish and Cipollini both remounted and chased back up through the cars to the field and then advanced for the sprint.

Just as the breakaway dissolved, the rider sitting in second overall, David Millar (GBR) of Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30, blasted off the front with Thomas Voeckler (FRA) of Bouygues Telecom in tow. Saunier Duval rider Iker Camano (ESP) went with the move as well.

"I was trying to look around for him and that’s when he went," said Leipheimer. "My teammates Chris (Horner) and Chechu (Rubiero) got to the front - even in the midst of the Quick Step lead out - and brought him back."

With that, the field prepared itself for a bunch sprint. As the riders leapt out of their saddles, Dominique Rollin (CAN) of the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team pounced first and opened a margin.

He would be swarmed by the field, with Cavendish, bleeding from his crash, hitting the line first, followed by Pagliarini, Haedo and Bettini.

Today’s stage brought few changes to the jersey leaders. Rory Sutherland was awarded the Tachyon Most Aggressive Rider Jersey. Sutherland was very active in the break away of the day. "Everyone in the break worked really well together," Sutherland said. "It was a good group. Everyone was happy and prepared to work. There were good teams represented, and everyone worked equally hard."

Their work was made a bit harder by a constant headwind. "I think there was one time when we turned and we got out the wind," Sutherland commented, "but them we turned soon after and it was back into it."

The break lasted longer as Sutherland had expected. "Honestly I didn’t think we’d last that long," Sutherland said. "But if you’re in a break like that, you can’t sit there and think that you’re not going to make it to the finish. You just have to keep working."

Scott Nydam (USA) from Team BMC claimed the California Travel and Tourism King of the Mountains Jersey for the fourth consecutive day. Rollin retained the Herbalife Sprint Leader Jersey for a third day. Robert Gesink (NED) of Rabobank held onto the Union Bank of California Best Young Rider Jersey. Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30 is still leading the team classification.

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Results Tour of California 2008
Stage 6
1 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Scott      4.18.31 (40.616 km/h)
2 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                                         
3 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step                                         
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) High Road                                          
5 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                      
6 Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team                
7 Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast         
8 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                        
9 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                      
10 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Rabobank                                   
11 Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                     
12 John Murphy (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis                      
13 Angel Gomez Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                           
14 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
15 Pipp K Frank (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis                     
16 Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                            
17 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30               
18 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                                 
19 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30       
20 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                          
21 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                          
22 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                           
23 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                      
24 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Rock Racing                           
25 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                     
26 Jurgen Vandewalle (Bel) Quick Step                                    
27 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                       
28 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                         
29 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team CSC                                         
30 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                             
31 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana                                       
32 Hendricus Vogels (Aus) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team               
33 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Scott                             
34 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                  
35 George Hincapie (USA) High Road                                       
36 Nicholas Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                       
37 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval-Scott                         
38 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                           
39 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                          
40 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                              
41 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                      
42 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                                   
43 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                              
44 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana                                          
45 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                         
46 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
47 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                             
48 Julien Simon (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    
49 David Zabriskie (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30            
50 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank                           
51 Thomas Peterson (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30            
52 Michael Lange (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                          
53 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                         
54 Nicholas Waite (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast              
55 Jeff Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team                                     
56 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval-Scott                          
57 Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team                                     
58 Aaron Barry Tuckerman (NZl) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                  
59 Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis                  
60 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                  
61 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                       
62 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team CSC                                        
63 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                             
64 Sergey Ivanov (Rus) Astana                                            
65 Aaron Olson (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                 
66 Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                                 
67 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                          
68 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Astana                                           
69 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team               
70 Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast            
71 Danny Pate (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30                 
72 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quick Step                                         
73 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                       
74 Mark Cavendish (GBr) High Road                                     0.20
75 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Rock Racing                                     
76 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            0.22
77 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana                               0.43
78 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis               1.13
79 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
80 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank                                       2.05
81 Steven Cozza (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30            2.44
82 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
83 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank                                        5.00
84 Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing                                       
85 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast                  
86 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                             
87 Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Rock Racing                                    
88 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) High Road                                    5.36
89 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) High Road                                       
90 Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast          7.31
91 Freddie Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing                               12.10
DNF Philip Zajicek (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis                  
DNF Roman Kilun (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis

General Classification after stage 6
1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana                                    25.33.23
2 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30             0.49
3 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30     1.08
4 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC                                    1.18
5 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team CSC                                       1.19
6 David Zabriskie (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30          1.36
7 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana                                     2.07
8 Jurgen Vandewalle (Bel) Quick Step                                  2.11
9 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank                                        2.18
10 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team                               2.27
11 Thomas Peterson (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30         2.58
12 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Rock Racing                        3.17
13 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                   3.34
14 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step                                3.40
15 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                      5.06
16 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                  5.48
17 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step                                    6.49
18 George Hincapie (USA) High Road                                    7.30
19 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank                        7.48
20 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                  8.08
21 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Credit Agricole                          8.50
22 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    9.24
23 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana                                       9.58
24 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                     10.05
25 Jeff Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team                                 10.46
26 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                         11.11
27 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                       11.49
28 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval-Scott                      12.02
29 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                          15.01
30 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                      15.41
31 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                         15.47
32 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team CSC                                        
33 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana                              18.21
34 Aaron Olson (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                             18.45
35 Michael Lange (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                      19.22
36 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Health Net presented by Maxxis              19.32
37 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team           19.33
38 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) High Road                                   20.05
39 Doug Ollerenshaw (USA) Rock Racing                                20.16
40 Angel Gomez Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Scott                       20.46
41 Tom Zirbel (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                              22.39
42 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step                                    24.14
43 Dominique Rollin (Can) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team           26.10
44 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) High Road                                     26.57
45 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Astana                                       28.29
46 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Rabobank                               28.34
47 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team CSC                                    28.47
48 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank                                      29.08
49 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           31.43
50 Danny Pate (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30             31.51
51 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                      32.06
52 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                     32.10
53 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                       32.11
54 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                   32.36
55 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Astana                                          32.44
56 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                   32.52
57 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           33.28
58 Julien Simon (Fra) Credit Agricole                                33.30
59 Mark Cavendish (GBr) High Road                                    33.37
60 Timothy Johnson (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis              33.47
61 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           34.22
62 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Rock Racing                                 35.05
63 Alexander Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast    35.15
64 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           35.23
65 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) High Road                                   35.29
66 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval-Scott       35.44
67 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Saunier Duval-Scott                     35.53
68 Garrett Peltonen (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                        36.14
69 John Murphy (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis                  37.49
70 Edward King (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                             37.51
71 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank                                       38.03
72 Ermanno Capelli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Scott                         38.06
73 Sergey Ivanov (Rus) Astana                                        38.17
74 Pipp K Frank (USA) Health Net presented by Maxxis                 38.26
75 Steven Cozza (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented by H30           38.52
76 Nicholas Reistad (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                       
77 Taylor Tolleson (USA) BMC Racing Team                             39.11
78 Justin Spinelli (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast         39.19
79 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Quick Step                                     39.45
80 Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) Jelly Belly Cycling Team                 39.59
81 Freddie Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing                               40.06
82 Hendricus Vogels (Aus) Toyota - United Pro Cycling Team           40.19
83 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            41.04
84 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling                         41.58
85 Jonathan Mumford (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast        42.27
86 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team                                 44.08
87 Dan Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast              44.22
88 Aaron Barry Tuckerman (NZl) Jelly Belly Cycling Team              44.25
89 Nicholas Waite (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast          45.08
90 Scott Nydam (USA) BMC Racing Team                                 45.54
91 Michael Creed (USA) Rock Racing                                   52.29

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