Stage 8 Recap - Rancho Bernardo to Escondido - 2009 Amgen Tour of California
Lance Armstrong finished a respectable 7th.
Defending Champion Levi Leipheimer Wins Amgen Tour of California for Third Consecutive Year with Astana Capturing Team Classification Title
Two Million Fans Turned Out to Watch the Best Field Ever Assembled on U.S. Soil Cycle Across California
ESCONDIDO (February 22, 2009) – After nine challenging and epic days of cycling through more than 750-miles of scenic California roads, and a thrilling fight to the finish, Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana was crowned champion of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, solidifying a three-peat for the California resident. With a week-long total time of 31 hours, 28 minutes and 21 seconds, Leipheimer accepted the highly coveted title of race champion in front of massive cheering crowds in Escondido, which brought the race total to 2 million fans along the race route from Sacramento to Escondido. In a nine-day battle against the best field ever assembled to compete in the United States, which included Tour de France winners, Olympic medalists and World Champions, Frank Schleck (LUX) of Saxo Bank claimed the Stage 8 win.