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May 14/12 21:11 pm - Tour of California: Stage 2 report and results results


Posted by Editoress on 05/14/12
 

Sagan Repeats as Stage Winner

Young Slovakian cycling sensation and overall 2012 Amgen Tour of California race leader Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas-Cannondale crashed and punctured a tire on a wicked descent, but recovered to win Stage 2 of the race in Santa Cruz, Calif., his second consecutive stage in as many days. Ironically, the punctured tire was also the second flat of the race in as many days for the 22-year-old Sagan who maintained his overall lead over Australia’s Heinrich Haussler of the Garmin-Barracuda team after the second stage of America’s greatest professional cycling race. Leigh Howard (AUS) of Orica-GreenEDGE, who placed third during Stage 2, remained in third place overall.

“I don’t know, maybe it takes a natural disaster,” said Sagan, when asked what it would take to stop his winning ways, noting he suffered an untimely punctured tire three miles from the finish yesterday and still won Stage 1. “I am feeling good. I will see tomorrow (to make it three straight wins),” he continued.

Amidst breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island, Stage 2 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California got underway in San Francisco and routed south 117.1 miles over the climbs of Empire Grade and Bear Creek Road.

At the start of Stage 2, after leaving the city of San Francisco, riders headed toward the coast and the first sprint of the day in Pacifica, where Howard, Maarten Tjallingii (NED) of Rabobank Cycling Team and Bradley White (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team were the first three to cross the line. Shortly thereafter, six racers, including White; Jeremy Vennell (NZL) of Bissell Pro Cycling; Michael Creed (USA) of Team Optum Powered by Kelly Benefit Strategies; Lloyd Mondory (FRA) of AG2R La Mondiale; Juan Pablo Suarez (COL) of Colombia-Coldeportes; and Alexandre Geniez (FRA) of Team Argos-Shimano established a breakaway. This breakaway swept the second sprint points with White, Vennell and Mondory crossing in that order.

Fifty miles into the race, the break had a comfortable lead of nine minutes and 45 seconds ahead of the peloton; however, after passing through the feed zone, the group began working harder to reel them back in. As the breakaway group closed in on Bonny Doon and the first King of the Mountain (KOM) climb of the day, the gap was narrowed to five minutes and 50 seconds. As the cyclists began to climb, Garmin-Barracuda worked hard at the front of the peloton for their leader Tom Danielson (USA). After a few attacks, only three riders were left in the break – White, Vennell and Geniez – with a lead of four minutes and 20 seconds. Sitting in and out of the saddle while climbing, Geniez went out in front of the break alone.

While on the climb, a crash occurred, taking down several riders, including Sagan; George Hincapie (USA) of BMC Racing Team; Laurens Ten Dam (NED) of Rabobank Cycling Team; Andres Diaz Corrales (COL) of Exergy; and Josh Atkins (NZL) of the Bontrager Livestrong Team. Sagan showed what he is made of by getting up quickly from the crash, brushing himself off and regaining contact with the peloton. While this was happening, Geniez continued to ride alone at the front with a lead of four minutes and 55 seconds ahead of the group, and ultimately claimed top KOM points on Empire Grade. He was followed by David Boily (CAN) of Spidertech Powered by C10.

With five riders at the front of the peloton, Garmin-Barracuda began flying down the mountain with a gap of three minutes and 55 seconds off the front. Vennell and White hung together, in between Geniez and the peloton. After the decent, the peloton was split with about 25 racers in the first portion, then about a 30-second split to the main peloton. Just before the Bear Creek climb, Vennell and White were absorbed by the peloton, leaving Geniez alone in front. But, with just 35km to go, Geniez was caught by the peloton, which was being led by UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.

“It was a very hard day,” said Vennell, a former National Time Trial champion of New Zealand. “The descent off Bonny Doon was pretty scary.”

Liquigas-Cannondale took over work at the front of the peloton, controlling the pace on the last bit of uphill before the major descent. Heading toward the final sprint of the day, Maxime Bouet (FRA) of AG2R La Mondiale attacked, but Marc de Maar (AHO) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team claimed the top sprint points. With 17km to go, the peloton was flying toward the finish with Liquigas-Cannondale riders occupying the top four spots at the front, followed by riders from Rabobank, BMC Racing Team and RadioShack-Nissan-Trek.

Even with an attack by Rory Sutherland (AUS) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team at the finish, Sagan managed to outsprint the pack to take the Stage 2 win. He was followed by Haussler and Howard to round out the top three for the stage.

Leader jerseys at the end of Stage 2 remained somewhat similar to Stage 1, with Sagan remaining in the Amgen Race Leader, Visit California Sprint and Rabobank Best Young Rider Jerseys. As with yesterday, since Sagan will be wearing the Amgen Race Leader Jersey at the start of tomorrow’s stage, the Visit California Sprint Jersey will be worn by Haussler and the Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey will be worn by Atkins. Boily still wears the polka dot Nissan King of the Mountain jersey. Vennell claimed the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey, and Geniez secured the Exergy Most Aggressive Rider Jersey.

 

Results from today's 2nd stage in California

San Francisco to Santa Cruz County, 188.5 km
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 5:02:00
2 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Barracuda
3 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
4 Koen de Kort (Ned) Argos-Shimano
5 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Team Exergy
6 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
7 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
8 Marc de Maar (Aho) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
9 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano
10 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
11 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Livestrong Team
12 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
13 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
14 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos-Shimano
15 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
16 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
17 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
18 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) Rabobank Cycling Team
19 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
20 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Esp) RadioShack-Nissan
21 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
22 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
23 Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech Powered by C10
24 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
25 Fabio Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
26 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
27 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
28 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-Shimano
29 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
30 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan
31 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
32 Jhon Atapuma (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
33 Raymond Kunzli (Sui) Spidertech Powered by C10
34 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
35 Brian Vandborg Bach (Den) Spidertech Powered by C10
36 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
37 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
38 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
39 Josh Atkins (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong Team
40 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
41 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE
42 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
43 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team
44 Matt Cooke (USA) Team Exergy
45 Mikael Chérel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46 Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech Powered by C10
47 Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
48 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
49 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
50 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
51 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
52 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
53 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
54 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
55 Andrés Díaz Corrales (Col) Team Exergy
56 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team
57 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
58 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
59 Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
60 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
61 Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
62 Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team
63 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE all s.t.
64 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:44
65 Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale
66 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale both s.t.
67 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 1:36
68 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 3:02
69 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 6:44
70 Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing Team
71 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling both s.t.
72 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 8:16
73 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
74 Michael Rodriguez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
75 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale
76 Gavin Mannion (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
77 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
78 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
79 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
80 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
81 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
82 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
83 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano all s.t.
84 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 11:33
85 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
86 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
87 David Boily (Can) Spidertech Powered by C10
88 Sébastian Salas (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
89 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
90 Thomas Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
91 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Spidertech Powered by C10 all s.t.
92 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 14:01
93 Michael Creed (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
94 Gregory Rast (Sui) RadioShack-Nissan
95 Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
96 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
97 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Argos-Shimano
98 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
99 Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
100 Matt Wilson (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
101 Jason McCartney (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
102 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Barracuda
103 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling
104 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
105 Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered by C10 all s.t.
106 Wilson Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes 14:45
107 Roger Kluge (Ger) Argos-Shimano
108 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
109 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Team Exergy
110 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
111 Javier Gonzalez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
112 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
113 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech Powered by C10
114 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
115 Morgan Schmitt (USA) Team Exergy
116 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
117 Logan Moony (USA) Team Exergy
118 Sam Johnson (USA) Team Exergy
119 Ken Hanson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
120 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling
121 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano
122 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
123 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
124 Juan Pablo Suarez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
125 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
126 Carlos Alzate Escobar (Col) Team Exergy all s.t.
OTL Eric Young (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 33:59
OTL Patrick Bevin (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling s.t.
 
GC
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 9:44:15
2 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Barracuda at 0:08
3 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:13
4 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:14
5 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Team Exergy 0:16
6 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling s.t.
7 Marc de Maar (Aho) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:17
8 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Esp) RadioShack-Nissan 0:19
9 Josh Atkins (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong Team s.t.
10 Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:20
11 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
12 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
13 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano
14 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) Rabobank Cycling Team
15 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
16 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
17 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
18 Fabio Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
19 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
20 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
21 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
22 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
23 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team
24 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
25 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
26 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
27 Jhon Atapuma (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
28 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
29 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE
30 Raymond Kunzli (Sui) Spidertech Powered by C10
31 Brian Vandborg Bach (Den) Spidertech Powered by C10
32 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
33 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
34 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
35 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
36 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
37 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
38 Matt Cooke (USA) Team Exergy
39 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
40 Andrés Díaz Corrales (Col) Team Exergy
41 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
42 Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team
43 Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
44 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
45 Mikael Chérel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46 Ian Boswell (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team
47 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
48 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
49 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
50 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 0:42
51 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team s.t.
52 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:43
53 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan 0:44
54 Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team s.t.
55 Timothy Duggan (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale 1:04
56 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale s.t.
57 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:28
58 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 1:56
59 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 3:22
60 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team 7:04
61 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
62 Steve Morabito (Sui) BMC Racing Team both s.t.
63 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos-Shimano 7:16
64 Hugo Houle (Can) Spidertech Powered by C10
65 Koen de Kort (Ned) Argos-Shimano
66 Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
67 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Livestrong Team
68 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-Shimano
69 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
70 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
71 Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech Powered by C10 all s.t.
72 Gavin Mannion (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team 8:36
73 Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale s.t.
74 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano 9:00
75 Frank Pipp (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 9:09
76 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 11:53
77 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep s.t.
78 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling 14:19
79 Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech Powered by C10 14:21
80 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep s.t.
81 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 15:05
82 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
83 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:31
84 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 15:32
85 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
86 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
87 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
88 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
89 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team all s.t.
90 Sébastian Salas (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 18:08
91 Thomas Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 18:49
92 David Boily (Can) Spidertech Powered by C10
93 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
94 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Spidertech Powered by C10 all s.t.
95 Michael Rodriguez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes 19:11
96 Sam Johnson (USA) Team Exergy 19:48
97 Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 21:13
98 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 21:15
99 Gregory Rast (Sui) RadioShack-Nissan 21:17
100 Matt Wilson (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
101 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
102 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
103 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Argos-Shimano
104 Michael Creed (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
105 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Barracuda all s.t.
106 Carter Jones (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 22:01
107 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
108 Logan Moony (USA) Team Exergy
109 Javier Gonzalez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
110 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech Powered by C10
111 Juan Pablo Suarez (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes
112 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
113 Roger Kluge (Ger) Argos-Shimano
114 Ken Hanson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
115 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano
116 Morgan Schmitt (USA) Team Exergy
117 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep all s.t.
118 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes 23:41
119 Jason McCartney (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 26:09
120 Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE s.t.
121 Wilson Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia - Coldeportes 26:53
122 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Team Exergy
123 Michael Friedman (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
124 Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
125 Carlos Alzate Escobar (Col) Team Exergy all s.t.
126 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling 31:28
 
KOM
1 David Boily (Can) Spidertech Powered by C10 27 pts
2 Sébastian Salas (Can) Team Optum pp/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 22
3 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos - Shimano 10
4 Josh Atkins (NZl) Bontrager Livestrong Team 10
5 Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 9
6 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 8
7 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Bissell Cycling 7
8 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 7
9 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Cycling 7
10 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 6
11 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 6
12 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 6
13 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) Rabobank Cycling Team 5
14 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 4
15 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 3
16 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Barracuda 2

 


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