Peter Sagan Repeats Stage Victory in 2012 Amgen Tour of California

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05/15/2012| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen

Peter Sagan Repeats Stage Victory in 2012 Amgen Tour of California

Young Slovakian cycling sensation and overall 2012 Amgen Tour of California race leader Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale crashed and suffered a flat tire on a tough descent, but recovered to win Stage 2 of the race in Santa Cruz, California - his second consecutive stage in as many days.

attacked again and went out in front of the break alone.

While on the climb, a crash occurred, taking down several riders, including Sagan, George Hincapie of Team BMC Racing, Team Rabobank's Laurens Ten Dam, Andres Diaz Corrales of Team Exergy, and Josh Atkins of the Bontrager Livestrong Team. Sagan showed what he is made of by getting up quickly from the crash, brushing himself off and fighting hard, thus successfully regaining contact with the main 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 of Team SpiderTech - powered by C10.

With five riders at the front of the peloton, Team Garmin-Barracuda began chasing 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 group, 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 35 kilometer to go, Geniez was expectedly caught by the peloton, which at that point was being led by the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.

"It was a very hard day," former National Time Trial champion of New Zealand Vennell said after the stage and added "The descent off Bonny Doon was pretty scary. Not least the reflectors on the tarmac."

After the descent Team 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 of AG2R La Mondiale attacked, but Marc de Maar of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team claimed the top sprint points. With 17 kilometer to go, the peloton further increased its speed on its way toward the finish with Liquigas-Cannondale riders occupying the top four spots at the front, followed by riders from Rabobank, Team BMC Racing and RadioShack-Nissan.

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2012 Amgen Tour of California Stage 2 Results:
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale     05:02:00
2 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Barracuda
3 Leigh Howard (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team
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 Team
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) Team Optum presented by 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 (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team

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