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Tour of California St. 2 In Photos!
2_650a Photo Report: Cyclists Battle Hotter – and Higher – Elements in Day Two with U.S. Teams Dominating the Podium after Grueling Finish on the Slopes of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Stage 3 Stretches from Palmdale to Santa Clarita


Words: AMGEN Tour of California, Pics: Darrell Parks

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (May 13, 2013) – Day two of sunny skies and temperatures reaching 114 degrees at the 2013 Amgen Tour of California took their toll on riders as they strained to the uphill finish on the nearly 124.1-mile course from Murrieta to the desert of Greater Palm Springs this afternoon. A stage for climbers, the final kilometers saw an attack by Team Jamis-Hagens Berman’s Janier Alexis Acevedo (COL) to claim the Amgen Race Leader Jersey, besting BMC Racing Team’s Tejay van Garderen (Boulder, Colo.), who arrived at the finish line 12 seconds back for second place.

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“I knew Tejay was the rider to beat. I knew when to attack and felt strong enough to beat him today,” said Acevedo at the post-race press conference. “I think of it (the yellow jersey) every day, and I’m happy to have this win today.”

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“He (Acevedo) was super strong out there. When he attacked, I was scared to go into the red because in this heat sometimes if you go over your limit just a little bit, you just can’t recover,” said van Garderen of the final moments of today’s race. A pre-race favorite for the overall title, the first two days of racing have fared well for him and his BMC Racing Team, still in good position to challenge for the championship.

Philip Deignan (IRL) of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team rounds out the podium with his third-place stage finish today, completing the trifecta for U.S.-based teams in Stage 2. van Garderen’s BMC Racing teammate Mathias Frank (SUI) finished in fourth place, and 2010 Amgen Tour of California champion Michael Rogers (AUS) of Team Saxo-Tinkoff came across the line in fifth after riding at the front of the group for much of the final climb.
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“It’s never been this hot in Ireland,” joked third-place finisher Deignan of today’s blazing desert temperatures. “The heat reminds me of the Tour of Spain. But when you race that in August/September, your body is more used to it. The conditions today were a bit of a shock to the riders.”

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The tough day of heat and climbing was evident in the time gaps as the peloton continued to fight uphill to the finish line one by one with the final riders finishing more than 37 minutes behind the leader. Temperatures soared to 114 degrees, the hottest temperatures for a major U.S. stage race. Spent cyclists were being assisted past the finish to the team areas to recoup with fluids. In some cases, riders could be seen taking a seat on the pavement wherever they could find a spot near the finish to receive immediate relief from ice packs and cold cloths on their heads and backs. The heat was too much for some, including Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team’s Pieter Serry (BEL), who paused on the final ascent to be cooled with ice in hopes of recovering enough to finish within the time limit to continue racing tomorrow.

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NBC Sports Network announcer Paul Sherwen said during today’s live broadcast that “Today, every bike rider who gets to the summit of this climb will know that he has been in a battle.”

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Andy Schleck’s flashes of form from yesterday left him on Stage 2, finishing over 9 minutes down on the winner.

After the first two stages, which featured challenging climbs, BISSELL Pro Cycling’s Carter Jones (Boulder, Colo.) continues to hold onto the Nissan King of the Mountain Jersey. Though the Aerial Tramway finish led to a yellow jersey change, Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team’s Lieuwe Westra (NED) led sprint points for the second day and will begin tomorrow’s race in the Visit California Sprint Jersey. Other jerseys awarded today include: the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey to France’s Sylvain Chavanel of the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team, and the Crunchies Best Young Rider Jersey to Bontrager Cycling Team’s 21-year-old cyclist Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas).

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Lawson Craddock giving his all to claim the best young rider’s jersey.

“Being a Best Young Rider is definitely a big goal. We’re a really young team and some couldn’t keep up, but we definitely want to take it to the finish,” said Craddock. “[Today was] brutally hard, and the heat definitely played a factor. [I’m] happy with how I rode and how the whole team rode.”

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Peter Sagan was cool and calm at the stage start.

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Francisco Mancebo was less cool and calm on the final climb giving it all he could to finish 7th.

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The riders’s view of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway finishline

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Acevedo sprinting to the stage win and the yellow jersey.

Stage 2 Results:
1 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Jamis – Hagens Berman 5:07:40
2 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:12
3 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:00:27
4 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:45
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:55
6 Chad Haga (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:01:13
7 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:15
8 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda
9 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:01:32
10 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:40

General Classification After Stage 2:
1 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Jamis – Hagens Berman 9:39:19
2 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:12
3 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:00:27
4 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:45
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:55
6 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:01:03
7 Chad Haga (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:01:13
8 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:15
9 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:01:32
10 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:40

 

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