Tour of California Stage Two Ends in Rainy Sacramento

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Thousands of people gathered on the streets surrounding the capitol building waiting to see the end of the second stage, listening to the announcers call the race.

John LaVinca loaded up his family to drive in from Nampa, Idaho. He says it was all worth it when the riders flew by him.

LaVinca: “Ah, it always gives you a chill. It was incredible, especially with the rain and how they keep doing it day after day.” 
Karen McVeigh, of Sacramento, says she saw the finish last year too that ended with the Capitol as a backdrop.

McVeigh: “It brings a lot of good notoriety to our city and to our state as a whole and it’s really exciting to see all the great riders.” 
One of those riders was yesterday’s winner of stage two Quick Step team member Tom Boonen.

Boonen: “It’s fantastic; I can’t believe the support this race has. And, I got to meet Arnold Schwarzenneger, that’s pretty cool.”
Race planners are calling this year’s event in Sacramento a success. Chris Aronhalt was impressed with the crowd turnout, even with the rainy weather. He says he’s looking ahead.

Aronhalt: “Every year we look at the route, we’re already looking at '09, Sacramento, by all means, is at the very top of the list.”
Today will bring a different challenge as the riders face mountainous terrain. They’ll start in Modesto and finish in San Jose.