The Tour of California continues to confuse its participants with the results that it publishes. Monday's first stage crash caused confusion, with some riders involved in it initially getting the same time as the winner and others getting a different time. Things were cleared up the next day, with all the riders involved in that crash finally being awarded the correct time, but on Thursday more problems popped up.
Team Rabobank was pleased to see that its entire team finished in the top 21 of the stage, a mass sprint. While sprinter Graeme Brown was unhappy with his fifth place finish, mountain climber Michael Rasmussen could celebrate his 16th place finish, which the team's website, rabobank.nl, called "quite remarkable, most likely a personal record in a bunch sprint."
There was only one problem: only Brown and his leadout man Mathew Hayman finished in the first group. "Rasmussen did not even finish in the pack. So it is impossible. I will also take the other rankings with a pinch of salt," said team manager Erik Breukink.
The results have already been changed, giving the Rabobank riders their correct times.