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Tour a success, but sport feeling crunch

Updated: February 25, 2009, 3:26 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- A few news items, observations and ruminations left over from the Tour of California:

View from the cheap seats

Although the spotlight stayed firmly on the sport's celebrities last week, few could have appreciated the phenomenal fan support more than Tim Johnson. The 31-year-old from Beverly, Mass., is a veteran of the domestic scene. His résumé reads like a roll call of dearly departed U.S. corporate sponsors: Saturn, Jittery Joe's, Health Net. He also has won ...

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