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Cold, rainy, wet…

…Tour of California. Stage 1, Davis.

This past Sunday, Stage 1 of the Tour of California took off from Davis (for Santa Rosa). The weather was less than ideal for a bike race (or race fans), but 20,000 umbrella-toting and raincoat-wearing spectators squished about Davis’ soggy Central Park eager to see the start of the Tour’s first road-racing stage.

I’m not a huge cycling fan, but I’ve always wanted to see the Tour when it came through town. Last year, the race swept through Davis (in about twelve minutes) on a weekday while I was at work. The year before, it might have been a weekend, but the cyclists went through too early in the morning (i.e. before noon)—I don’t remember for sure. With the race being in Davis on a weekend, I was determined to see it come rain or shine.

The Tour of California has passed through Davis every year since 2007, but the turnout crowds in Davis this year can be attributed to two things: the town being selected as a stage start; and Lance Armstrong. The seven-time Tour de France winner has brought a ton of attention to the Tour of California and accordingly, several tons of people came out in bad weather hoping to catch a glimpse of him.

I wasn’t able to see Lance let alone ask him my one question about cycling: “Why am I always riding against the wind whether I’m going to work or coming home from work?” No matter, I’m sure his answer would be the same as those I’ve gotten from other professional riders: “Out of my way, fatass.”

If you’d like to see what it was like under Davis’ gray skies for Sunday’s Tour of California Stage 1 start, click over to our 10 Tour of California photos.

That’s Lance Armstrong outlined in yellow! Lance! Hey, Lance!

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