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ATOC’14 St.2: Speedy Sir Wiggo
atoc14st2_Wiggo650 Photo Report: 2014 might just be the year of the return of Sir Bradley Wiggins. His performance in Monday’s 20.1 kilometer individual test around Folsom was superb as he burned around the tarmac to take a solid lead in the GC standings. Once again photog Darrell Parks was in the thick of the action for PEZ in California to capture all the best shots.


Photos: Darrell ParksWords: Tour of California

FOLSOM (May 12, 2014) – A new race leader emerged following Stage 2 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, with Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins (GBR) crushing the individual time trial event to capture the stage win with a margin of 44 seconds, as well as the Amgen Race Leader Jersey.


Presented by Michelob Ultra, Stage 2 held in the first-time host city of Folsom presented the cyclists with a fast and flat 12.5-mile, 8-corner time trial course that was made for speed. Team Garmin-Sharp’s Rohan Dennis (AUS), who finished third in last year’s Amgen Tour of California time trial, posted the time to beat early on, which held until Wiggins took the platform.


The 2012 Tour de France champion, who won Olympic gold in the time trial the same year, turned in a spectacularly fast performance and became the only rider of the day to complete the course in less than 24 minutes for a final time of 23:18. Wiggins averaged a speed of 32 mph, a full mile per hour faster than the second-place Australian rider, who finished the day 44 seconds behind Wiggins.


“You have a plan in your head as to how you imagine you’re going to come out at the end of today, and so far it’s probably a bit better than I imagined,” said Wiggins in the NBC Sports Network telecast. “I think it’s going to be a tough week now. I think tomorrow the race can really start. As big as the gaps may be now, everyone is in with a chance.”

Wiggins is the second British rider to wear yellow this year, with the coveted leader jersey changing hands from Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team’s Mark Cavendish, who dropped to 18th place overall after today but retained the Visit California Sprint Leader Jersey. BMC Racing Team’s Taylor Phinney (USA), an early favorite for today’s stage and tenth overall after yesterday, settled for a strong third place finish (+:52).


“I thought it would be a bit closer but when [Wiggins is] flying, he’s really flying, and he showed that today; kind of in a class of his own. I think I could have had a better result but I gave it everything I had, and that’s really what it’s all about, so I guess I have to be satisfied,” said Phinney (Boulder, Colo.).

Other jerseys awarded today include the Crunchies Best Young Rider Jersey to Team Giant-Shimano’s Lawson Craddock (Austin, Texas), while the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey remains with Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet (FRA) and the Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain Jersey remains with Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies’ Will Routley (CAN).

Chad Haga put in a great ride for 9th on the day.

Jesse Sergent showed his time trialing pedigree with a strong 5th…

…and his teammate Markel Irizar a solid 8th.

Seventh place went to NetApp’s in-form Tiago Machado

National Champ Tom Zirbel just missed the Top 10 with 11th.

As expected Cav lost his yellow jersey finishing 27th, 2m03s behind Wiggins.


Stage 2 Results:
1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky 23:18:27
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp 0:00:44
3 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:52
4 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Jamis – Hagens Berman 0:01:08
5 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:11
6 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:15
7 Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:19
8 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:21
9 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:24
10 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:25

General Classification After Stage 2:
1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky 5:07:35
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp 0:00:44
3 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:52
4 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Jamis – Hagens Berman 0:01:08
5 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:11
6 Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:19
7 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:21
8 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:24
9 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:25
10 Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:01:28


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