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May 16/16 19:54 pm - Tour of California: Stage 2


Posted by Editoress on 05/16/16
 

Stage Two of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California was expected to end with one of the epic sprinter shootouts the race has become known for as the peloton of 144 world-class riders took off from South Pasadena for a 148.5 km twisting, turning up - and downhill ride to Santa Clarita. But bearing down on the finish line, it was a battle of just two U.S. riders who had spent most of the day out ahead of the field with Cannondale Pro Cycling Team’s Benjamin King, a 2010 U.S. National Champion, just besting Rally Cycling’s Evan Huffman.

 

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Ben King wins

 

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GC podium with Ben King in yellow leaders jersey

 

Stage 2 gallery link

 

“I knew Evan was a pretty quick sprinter. He smoked me in both of the King of the Mountain sprints, so I was hesitant to let it come down to a sprint,” said King. “I couldn’t drop him on the climb, so in the end we both fully committed to make the breakaway stick to the finish, and in the end, Evan let out the sprint, and I was able to come around him in the finish.”

After several attempts to get a breakaway going, finally a group of four that also contained Norway’s Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Team Giant-Alpecin) and another U.S. rider Will Barta (Axeon Hagens Berman), the second youngest rider in the race at 20, made it clear from the field more than an hour into the race.

The breakaway group containing King, who is coming back from a broken fibula after a January fall, had racked up a 7.5-minute lead over peloton by mid-race. The peloton started reeling them back on the decent of the second of four KOMs in the Angeles National Forest, where speeds reached upwards of 50 mph.

With 10 miles left to ride, Team KATUSHA led the chase to catch the four leaders, angling to position their star sprinter Alexander Kristoff, and bringing the gap down to less than two minutes. Race leader and World Champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) rode in the main chase group wearing the yellow jersey he earned yesterday in San Diego, as did John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Alpecin) Santa Rosa-based rider Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo), both of whom are coming back from career-threatening injuries themselves.

However, the two remaining in the breakaway were able to hold their lead, which stood at 20 seconds on the chase group and one minute on the field with one mile left to ride. With the finish in sight, the Rally rider attacked first, only to be overtaken in the final meters. King, at age 27, is the first U.S. rider to win a stage at the Amgen Tour of California since Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) took Stage 5 in 2014.

Still in the wings, Kristoff rode across the finish in third place for today’s stage. Huffman earned the Lexus King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey on the hilly route, a good warm-up for the cyclists who must face the infamous Gibraltar Road at the close of tomorrow’s stage.

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Results from the second stage in California

Stage 2: South Pasedena to Santa Clarita, 148.5 km
1 Ben King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 3:52:09
2 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling at s.t.
3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:08
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff
5 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
6 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
7 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
8 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
9 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
10 Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro
11 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
12 Travis McCabe (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
13 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
14 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
15 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
16 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
17 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Hagens Berman
18 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step
19 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
20 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha
21 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
22 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
23 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
24 Tao Geoghegan-Hart (GBr) Axeon Hagens Berman
25 Alex Peters (GBr) Team Sky
26 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
27 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
28 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
29 Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
30 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro
31 Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
32 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
33 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff
34 Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
35 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
36 Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha
37 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
38 Javier Megias (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
39 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
40 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo
41 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
42 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
43 Krists Neilands (Lat) Axeon Hagens Berman
44 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling
45 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
46 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
47 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff
48 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
49 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
50 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
51 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
52 Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
53 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
54 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
55 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
56 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) BMC Racing Team
57 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
58 Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling
59 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
60 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
61 Mark Christian (GBr) Team Wiggins
62 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
63 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
64 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
65 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
66 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling
67 Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro
68 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
69 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
70 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro
71 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
72 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
73 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
74 John Hornbeck (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
75 William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
76 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
77 Xabier Zandio (Esp) Team Sky
78 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
79 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie
80 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
81 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha
82 Sindre Skjostad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-Alpecin
83 Michael Schar (Sui) BMC Racing Team
84 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
85 Taylor Sheldon (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
86 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie all s.t.
87 Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:19
88 Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:37
89 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 0:47
90 Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 0:54
91 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 1:55
92 Rob Squire (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 0:08
93 Adam de Vos (Can) Rally Cycling 6:09
94 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek-Segafredo s.t.
95 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro 7:19
96 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
97 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Wiggins 10:16
98 Pierrick Naud (Can) Rally Cycling
99 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
100 William Routley (Can) Rally Cycling
101 Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie
102 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
103 Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling
104 Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins
105 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie
106 Chris Putt (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
107 Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
108 Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
109 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
110 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
111 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
112 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek-Segafredo
113 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
114 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
115 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
116 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
117 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step
118 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
119 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
120 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Wiggins all s.t.
121 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 14:24
122 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky s.t.
123 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 15:30
124 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
125 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
126 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk
127 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
128 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
129 Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins
130 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Wiggins
131 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
132 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data
133 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data
134 Jake Kelly (GBr) Team Wiggins
135 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
136 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
137 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
138 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie all s.t.
139 Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins 18:03
140 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff
141 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff
142 Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff
143 Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff
144 Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff all s.t.
 
GC
1 Ben King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 8:12:34
2 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling at 0:08
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff 0:14
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:20
5 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro 0:21
6 William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman s.t.
7 Sindre Skjostad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:23
8 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:24
9 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
10 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
11 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
12 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Hagens Berman
13 Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro
14 Travis McCabe (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
15 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
16 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
17 Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
18 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
19 Tao Geoghegan-Hart (GBr) Axeon Hagens Berman
20 Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
21 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro
22 Javier Megias (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
23 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
24 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step
25 Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
26 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
27 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
28 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
29 Krists Neilands (Lat) Axeon Hagens Berman
30 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
31 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff
32 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
33 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo
34 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
35 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
36 Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha
37 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
38 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling
39 Alex Peters (GBr) Team Sky
40 Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
41 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
42 Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling
43 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
44 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
45 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
46 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) BMC Racing Team
47 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
48 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
49 Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman
50 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
51 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
52 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
53 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
54 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff
55 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
56 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
57 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
58 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
59 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
60 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
61 Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
62 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro
63 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha
64 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
65 Mark Christian (GBr) Team Wiggins
66 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
67 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
68 Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro
69 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
70 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
71 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling
72 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
73 Rob Squire (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
74 Taylor Sheldon (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
75 Michael Schar (Sui) BMC Racing Team
76 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie
77 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
78 John Hornbeck (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
79 Xabier Zandio (Esp) Team Sky all s.t.
80 Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:35
81 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie 0:40
82 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 0:54
83 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 0:58
84 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:03
85 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
86 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha both s.t.
87 Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 2:06
88 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie 2:11
89 Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 2:19
90 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 2:20
91 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 2:44
92 Soren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 4:50
93 Markel Irizar (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 6:25
94 Adam de Vos (Can) Rally Cycling s.t.
95 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro 7:35
96 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk s.t.
97 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 10:26
98 Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis s.t.
99 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 10:28
100 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 10:30
101 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Wiggins 10:32
102 Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling
103 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Wiggins
104 Pierrick Naud (Can) Rally Cycling
105 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
106 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step
107 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
108 Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie
109 Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins
110 Chris Putt (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
111 Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
112 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek-Segafredo all s.t.
113 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 10:52
114 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 10:55
115 William Routley (Can) Rally Cycling 11:11
116 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
117 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha both s.t.
118 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie 11:44
119 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 11:54
120 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 12:44
121 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky 14:40
122 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky s.t.
123 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 15:46
124 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
125 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
126 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro
127 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
128 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
129 Jake Kelly (GBr) Team Wiggins
130 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
131 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
132 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk
133 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie
134 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
135 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Wiggins all s.t.
136 Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins 16:16
137 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Dimension Data 16:39
138 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data 17:00
139 Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff 18:19
140 Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins s.t.
141 Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff 18:34
142 Michael Kolar (Svk) Tinkoff 18:35
143 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff 18:58
144 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff 20:10