Rogers had to fend off repeated challenges from Americans David Zabriskie and Levi Leipheimer, who finished nine and twenty-five seconds off the pace respectively. The final stage was a hilly, winding circuit just west of Los Angeles. The win was the first Tour of California championship for the thirty-year-old Rogers. Leipheimer is a three-time winner of the event. Legend Lance Armstrong had to withdraw from the race due to an injury suffered in a crash Thursday. Analyst Joe Santos says Armstrong's absence turned the spotlight on other lesser known competitors.
“It's great that lance is the face of cycling because he reaches so many people outside the sport. But having other people that are synonymous with the sport that people are recognizing, it's a very positive sign as well.”
Officials were pleased with the number of spectators who showed up for the stages. One official said the turnout for the opening leg between Nevada City and Sacramento reminded him of the crowds at the Tour de France.