TOUR OF CALIFORNIA --- Bits of asphalt ricocheted off my cheeks, forehead and knuckles. I jammed the camera against my face, using it as protection for both of my eyes. Someone even stepped on my back as a lay prone at the corner of 11th and N Streets. The only way to get the Capitol dome in perfect position with the riders whizzing by during the Sacramento stage of Amgen Tour of California was to lie in the street. The goal was to situate the race clearly in the state's Capitol. Mission accomplished. February 20, 2007

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA --- Bits of asphalt ricocheted off my cheeks, forehead and knuckles. I jammed the camera against my face, using it as protection for both of my eyes. Someone even stepped on my back as a lay prone at the corner of 11th and N Streets. The only way to get the Capitol dome in perfect position with the riders whizzing by during the Sacramento stage of Amgen Tour of California was to lie in the street. The goal was to situate the race clearly in the state's Capitol. Mission accomplished. February 20, 2007