Sprinkles of excited adults and children alike braced the intermittent rains Tuesday afternoon in Livermore, trying to catch a glimpse of cycling hero Lance Armstrong.
The Amgen Tour, the California version of the Tour de France, was on Stage 3 of the eight-leg, 700-mile race. Yesterday, the more than 150 cyclists traveled from San Jose, north along State Route 84, north on Isabel Avenue, turning right on Concannon Boulevard in Livermore and continuing on to Modesto.
True to Amgen's estimated arrival times, the cyclists reached the Concannon segment at about 1:30 p.m. A first-grade class from Emma C. Smith Elementary School on Murdell Lane took the short walk up to Concannon to cheer on the riders, clutching yellow LiveStrong posters that Amgen staff handed out just minutes prior. A number of police cruisers, motorcycles and Amgen security staff passed by before the real draw came near.
The first to pass was a four-person cyclists group including: Jeff Louder (BMC), Brian Vandborg (Liquigas), Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) and Bradley White (OUCH). Roughly four minutes later, the rest of the pack cruised by at about 28 miles per hour down Concannon, whizzing past a smattering of spectators wearing raincoats and holding cameras.
Lucky for most Livermore spectators, the rain managed to stop while the cyclists passed through town and then it started up again just as most were retreating back to their cars.
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