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The stage started in San Francisco, went down Route 1. It climbed Bonny Doon, went through Boulder Creek, then climbed Bear Creek Road to Summit. It went southeast on Summit, then down Soquel/San Jose to its finish in Capitola.
I had scouted the route earlier, and decided that I'd hang out on Bear Creek Road. It was too far from the finish to be selective, but I figured that this late in the stage, the riders would be strung out a bit. And there were steep-enough sections to allow for pictures.
|The last sprint, at the top of the hill|
just before the Summit Store
|The last of the breakaway, nearly caught|
|The peloton, climbing too fast for my camera.|
Chris Horner is near the center.
The peloton caught the break just past my position, but alas, that happened during a commercial on the television coverage so I didn't appear on the broadcast.
|Tom Boonen, two minutes back|
The main peloton had passed by in silence, but these groups in the back were quite chatty. One guy from Garmin was introducing himself to a fellow American on a continental squad, and another (apparently English-speaking) rider was asking for something I didn't catch in completely un-accented Spanish.
|The last two riders, contending with traffic|
After that I very slowly descended Bear Creek Road, along with hundreds of others, and headed home over Kennedy.