Stage 7 Highlights - Santa Clarita to Pasadena - 2009 Amgen Tour of California

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Two-Time Defending Champion Levi Leipheimer Retains Amgen Leader Jersey Heading Into Final Stage of 2009 Amgen Tour of California
Officials Estimate Race Attendance For First Eight Days to be 1.7 Million

PASADENA (February 21, 2009) – Fans in Pasadena came out in droves to witness the finish to Stage 7 of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, which included five, five-mile laps on a very demanding circuit through the area surrounding the Rose Bowl. After a challenging day of cycling, Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA) of AG2R-La Mondiale crossed the finish line to take the stage, followed closely by Hayden Roulston (NZL) of Cervelo Test Team and Pieter Weening (NED) of Rabobank. Levi Leipheimer (USA) of Astana retained the overall lead heading into the final stage of the race, which will take riders into San Diego County for the first time, as they race from Rancho Bernardo to Escondido tomorrow.