I think I witnessed that wet edition. Mark Cavendish was way-dropped on the backside Howell Mountain with the harder climbs to come. Cancellera and a few other hit the deck coming down Trinity and cursed the promoters for that stage. Can't say I'd blame them.This is a forum in-joke going back to when the race was Andrew Messick's personal hype project in the time when Lance was still active. The race attracted a lot of derision for its absurdly grandiose claims of its position in the calendar (describing itself as the fourth Grand Tour, people like Bob Stapleton and Levi Leipheimer pushing it as one of the most important races of the season, talk in the press of building it up to two weeks and the Giro and Vuelta being shortened to make room for it as a Grand Tour and so on), which to tell the truth it probably never fully recovered from in a PR perspective, even though it did eventually settle into a pretty decent niche, as once it stopped pretending to be something it wasn't and people could just enjoy the race for what it was, it seemed to do OK for itself. But back in those days, we had a few posters who would push the California line hard, either because of parroting the agenda that big name American cyclists and team owners were pushing, because they genuinely wanted to believe, or because they had something against the Giro or, more commonly, the Vuelta, and one of these was Bavarianrider. Bavarianrider pushed the Tour of California hard, defended it tirelessly against criticism in the build-up and hyped the race as hard as they could before it took place. The 2010 Tour of California, however, was a rocky start to its new role, with an embarrassingly bad queen stage, one stage being cut from TV before the finish to go to pre-game baseball, some of the biggest names in the race treating it as a training ride, and going up head-to-head with arguably the best GT of the last 20 years, and overall a big damp squib after all the build-up. While Bavarianrider continued to argue their side, by the end of the race they were reduced to talking about how the race showed off how developed California was, and how the roads had such pristine and beautiful tarmac that other races should aspire to (notwithstanding that one of the best received stages of the Giro it was being judged against was one which had several decisive sections without any tarmac at all).