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The 2010 Cyclingnews Poll is in, Amgen Tour of California was voted as the third best stage race in the world this year

Giro d'Italia voted Cyclingnews Stage Race of the Year

Tour de France, Amgen Tour of California fill out the podium

The Giro d'Italia provided the most excitement of the year, from cobblestones to dirt roads to the emergence of young talents to a hard battle in the final week of mountains, to claim the Cyclingnews Reader Poll Stage Race of the Year title...

Second place in the poll went to the Tour de France, which received less than 50 votes fewer than its Italian equivalent. The race was noted for its incredible number of crashes, including the carnage on the cobbles in the third stage. Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) and Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) dominated the time trials and sprints respectively, but the race came down to Alberto vs. Andy. The key moment came in the 15th stage, as Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck dropped his chain on a mountain stage and Alberto Contador (Astana) attacked. The Spaniard took the yellow jersey on that stage and held on to until the end, winning by only 39 seconds after 3,642 km...

Third place went not to the third Grand Tour, but to the closest thing that the USA has: the Amgen Tour of California. The fifth edition of the race had moved on the calendar, taking on the Giro. For the first time since 2006, the winner was not Levi Leipheimer, and for the first time ever, not an American. Australian Michael Rogers of HTC-Columbia took his second overall stage-race win of the season, but it was a close one. Garmin-Transitions' David Zabriskie was only nine seconds back in second place, with Leipheimer (RadioShack) in third place at 25 seconds.

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