Ivan Basso has updated his diary from California, where he is participating in the week-long stage race. In this latest instalment the former Giro winner questions the state's name, the Golden State:
I am here in the 'Golden State' of California but the weather has been gloomy since day one. It is just the same as the weather I left at home in Varese, Italy, but rainy as well.
The good side of it all is that I am going well and I think that my condition is already at a good level. I am right there with the others on the climbs. Overall the most important thing is that I am very happy with how I am doing.
Read Basso's entire take on California.