2010 Tour of California: The Peloton queues up for Stage-1 start

Three-time defending tour champion and California native Levi Leipheimer (right) of Team Radioshack waits for the start of stage-1 of the Amgen Tour of California on May 16, 2010. Meanwhile, Leipheimer teammate and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (3rd from right) speaks with other members of the peloton. Stage-1, which started in rural Nevada City, meandered for 104.3 miles through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains before finishing with three laps around the capitol mall in metropolitan Sacramento. HTC-Columbia’s Mark Cavendish won stage-1 with a time of 4:04:45 and is the leader of the General Classification. The eight-stage Tour of California runs May 16, 2010 through May 23, 2010 and ends with the final stage in Los Angeles. Photography by Anthony Bolante © The Image Arsenal

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