Leipheimer: Arnie's a big deal

Gerolsteiner's leader at the Tour of California Levi Leipheimer couldn't have asked for a better start after winning Sunday's prologue in San Francisco. In beating favourites Bobby Julich, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, David Zabriskie and Fabian Cancellara, the resident of Santa Rosa, CA, was bestowed the first yellow jersey of the tour from none other than Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, an experience he described as "really cool".

"He came behind the podium when we were waiting and had a talk with us. He knew a bit about bike racing because he went to the Tour de France a few years ago, and was talking to us about how he presented the yellow jersey to Lance [Armstrong]. I think having him present the jerseys just validates the race, and shows the impact it has on California; it's actually a big deal," wrote Leipheimer in his diary on Cyclingnews.

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