HTC-Columbia stood high on Saturday, climbing atop two separate podiums following the individual time trial in downtown Los Angeles.
Tony Martin won his first race of the season, besting teammate Michael Rogers by 22 seconds over the 20.9-mile course to win Stage 7. Rogers, however, edged both Dave Zabriskie of Garmin-Transitions and Team RadioShack's Levi Leipheimer to maintain his grasp of the yellow jersey going into tomorrow's final stage.
Martin, the 2009 bronze medalist at the UCI World Time Trail Championships, had the fastest split of the day at the halfway point—one second ahead of Rogers, five seconds ahead of Zabriskie and 12 seconds ahead of Leipheimer.
Rogers, meanwhile, will look to break Leipheimer's streak of three consecutive Tour of California overall victories.
Michael Rogers rides to a second-place finish in downtown Los Angeles.
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Stage 7 Results
- Tony Martin - HTC-Columbia 41:41
- Michael Rogers - HTC-Columbia +00:22
- Dave Zabriskie - Garmin-Transitions +00:27
- Levi Leipheimer - Team RadioShack +00:33
- Jens Voigt - Team Saxo Bank +00:59
- Bert Grabsch - HTC-Columbia +01:06
- Maarten Tjallingii - Rabobank +01:12
- Chris Horner - Team RadioShack +01:19
- Rory Sutherland - UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis +01:19
- Robbie Hunter - Garmin-Transitions +01:21
- Michael Rogers - HTC-Columbia 29:46:06
- Dave Zabriskie - Garmin-Transitions +00:09
- Levi Leipheimer - Team RadioShack +00:25
- Jens Voigt - Team Saxo Bank +01:12
- Rory Sutherland - UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis +01:26
Saturday, May 22 — 20.9 miles
In his three wins in California, Levi Leipheimer has used the Race of Truth to cement his hold on the yellow jersey. With a mostly flat course featuring long straightaways, look for the 2010 leader to do the same while speeding past large crowds and L.A. landmarks.