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Messy start for riders at Tour of Cali

Updated: February 16, 2009, 10:45 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- It was a day of retro racing at the Tour of California in more ways than one.

The peloton was battered by a lashing downpour and high winds for most of the 107.5-mile Stage 1 from Davis to Santa Rosa -- storms that left the cyclists drenched and shivering, and grounded the race's airborne audio and video transmitters. Riders were left largely in the dark about who was where on the course, just like the old days.

Weather also prompted organizers to alter ...

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