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Team Report: Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
 
By Cathy Mehl
Date: 2/22/2006
Team Report: Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
 

TOYOTA-UNITED PRO CYCLING TEAM FINISHES STRONG AT TOUR OF CALIFORNIA STAGE 3 TIME TRIALS

TODAY’S LUCKY NUMBERS: 24, 28, 31, 37 and 41

Stage 3 Race Results for The Tour of California

SAN JOSE, CA, February 22, 2006 – It was every man for himself on the 17-mile individual time trial at the Tour of California today and Toyota United Pro Cycling Team’s (TUT) top riders held their own.

Tony Cruz charged the course leading the Toyota-United Team with a 24th place finish and a time of 38 minutes and 10 seconds, 2 minutes and 12 seconds behind the stage winner and new overall leader Floyd Landis (Phonak). Heath Blackgrove, who has been riding strong throughout the Tour, finished 28th today, with José Manuel (Chepe) Garcia following closely behind with a 31st place finish.

“I’m not known as a time trialist, but today the course was awesome and lined with spectators,” said Cruz, pleased with today’s ride. “People were cheering my name so I was motivated to do well. It was interesting to see the show-down of all the best time trialists in the world.”

Heath Blackgrove continues to be the team’s highest placed rider, currently in 25th overall, followed by Chris Baldwin in 27th.

“We had three or four guys ride as hard as they could,” said Team Director Frankie Andreu. “Cruz, Blackgrove, Baldwin and Garcia were impressive. It was windy and they gave it their all. Now, we’re looking ahead to the stage wins and the sprints. We plan to keep our sprinters as rested as possible.”

Tomorrow’s “Queen Stage” race will be a scenic 130-mile ride from Monterey to San Luis Obispo. This is the longest stage of the race and will test the riders on a consistently hilly and technical terrain.

Stage 3 Results: San Jose Time Trial (17 miles):

1. LANDIS Floyd PHO .35'58"

2. ZABRISKIE David CSC .36'24"

3. JULICH Bobby CSC .36'33"

4. HINCAPIE George DSC .36'53"

5. O'NEILL Nathan HNM .36'55"

24. CRUZ Antonio TUT .38'10"

28. BLACKGROVE Heath TUT .38'22"

31. GARCIA Jose-Manuel TUT .38'28"

37. BALDWIN Christopher TUT .38'42"

41. FRIEDICK Mariano TUT .38'51"

85. ENGLAND Justin TUT .40'29"

109. HAEDO Juan Jose TUT .41'32"

Overall standings through Stage 3:

1. LANDIS Floyd PHO 7.56'36"

2. ZABRISKIE David CSC 7.57'05"

3. JULICH Bobby CSC 7.57'10"

4. HINCAPIE George DSC 7.57'21"

5. O'NEILL Nathan HNM 7.57'44"

25. BLACKGROVE Heath TUT 8.02'26"

27. BALDWIN Christopher TUT 8.02'49"

42. CRUZ Antonio TUT 8.04'36"

89. GARCIA José-Manuel TUT 8.13'49"

92. FRIEDICK Mariano TUT 8.14'32"

100. ENGLAND Justin TUT 8.15'47"

108. HAEDO Juan José TUT 8.16'52"

For more information regarding the Tour of California, go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com or www.toyota-united.com.

The Tour of California marks Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team’s first public appearance since the team’s official launch on Feb. 7. The team’s presence at the Tour of California includes a large expo tent that captures cycling fans’ interest featuring a look at the new 2006 Toyota RAV4, the team’s limited edition team issue bicycle by United Bicycles, a team video, a life-size standup of the team (a crowd favorite), a retail store including apparel and team merchandise, and membership kiosks allowing fans to become a part of the Toyota-United team.


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