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Sagan wins Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour

  • Peter Sagan, of Slovakia, celebrates as he nears the finish line to win Stage 2 of the Tour of California cycling race on Monday, May 14, 2012 in Santa Cruz , Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

APTOS — Peter Sagan of Slovakia won his second straight stage with a powerful and unchallenged sprint and retained the overall lead Monday in Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California.

The Liquigas-Cannondale rider was timed in the 117.1-mile road race from San Francisco in 5 hours and 2 minutes. He now leads the eight-day event by 8 seconds over Heinrich Haussler of Australia, a former Tour de France stage winner who was second for the second straight day, a half-dozen bike lengths behind.

Tour Of California Stage 2

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"Today was very hard, the climbs went very fast," said Sagan, the former mountain junior world titlist who now also has five career wins in the seven-year-old race.

Sagan also crashed with about 4 1-2 miles left in the opening stage, lost more than 20 seconds to the field but returned to the front with teammates' help.

Leigh Howard of the Orica-GreenEDGE team was third in the stage that took the starting field of 128 along the California coastline.


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