Cervelo TestTeam's Lancaster Wins Stage 2 of 2010 Tour of California
Defending Champion Levi Leipheimer (Team RadioShack) in twelfth place after hometown Stage after second stage.
stage win to the cheers of thousands of fans.
"In the rain, there are times when you just have to close your eyes and go for it. You just have to watch out for the white lines and the cat eyes on the road," said Lancaster. "Honestly, I didn't think I would be in the Amgen Leader Jersey, but today I felt fantastic. It was my special day."
"It wasn't too bad at the start of the race but when it started raining it got quite cold. I got really cold myself and shakey," Lancaster added at the media conference following his win. "When we got to the first steep climb Radio Shack gave it all they had and it was really an effort to make it to the front group then we went to the next climb and I got dropped about a kilometre from the top, but I used my climbing skills and got back on about half way down. Survival skills take over in this weather. In the group at the top a couple of guys tried to go with me and I think they wiped themselves out. I kept up my nutrition, eating all the time, to keep up my energy.
"The last circuit wasn't that bad in the rain, except for those white lines and cateyes in the road that you have. I saw Karl Menzies, a fellow Australian, hit one and slide out on the last corner. At the finish I saw Sagan and was watching him. I knew he was my main competition he's young and very fast. I might have head out a bit too early but I kept my head down and kept accelerating. He did come up quite quick at the end. I don't think I timed it perfectly."
"Me and Heino (Heinrich Haussler) had planned it out, this was one of the stages we had marked but he had bike troubles and nearly crashed in front of me and had to change bikes so maybe it was a blessing in disguise that it happened to him and I had my chance today. I'm not sure how my form was today because I've been up in Boulder four weeks training and I hadn't done any altitude training for about ten years. I was a bit skeptical about doing it but I guess it's paid off," Lancaster concluded.
After a long, hard day of racing, Lancaster claimed the Amgen Race Leader Jersey and the Herbalife Sprint Jersey. The Rabobank Best Young Rider Jersey went to Peter Sagan (SVK) of Liquigas. Rabou, whose mother is currently battling cancer, took Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey and the California Travel & Tourism King of the Mountains (KOM) Jersey.
The top-three general classification leaders in the 2010 Tour of California after today are Lancaster in first, Sagan in second and Menzies in third.
Sign up for your own free training diary at www.roadcycling.com/diary today. Or buy the pro version of our training diary service - it is used by pro cyclists in the Tour