Stage 2: Davis - Santa Rosa 176km

By AFP & Cyclingnews.com

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 6.38am

Aussie takes over the lead

Australian Brett Lancaster outraced his rivals over the final meters to capture the rain-soaked second stage of the Tour of California on Monday and claim the overall race lead.

Lancaster, riding for the Cervelo team, began the 10 day seconds off the pace but the veteran support rider won his first road race since 2004 by capturing the 176.2-km stage from Davis to Santa Rosa in 4hrs 38mins 48secs.

"I put a lot of hard work into the last four weeks. A win like this is just incredible," Lancaster said. "These opportunities don't come often but I definitely know I can make more of a career out of being a leader."

Slovak rider Peter Sagan of Team Liquigas was second with Dutchman Lars Boom of Rabobank third, both in the same time as Lancaster.

Lancaster, a 2004 Athens Olympic team pursuit champion, owns a four-second overall lead over Sagan and Australian Karel Menzies thanks to a 10-second time bonus for winning the stage.

Britain's Mark Cavendish, a 10-time stage winner in the Tour de France, owned a four-second edge after the opening stage but fell to 87th after coming home Monday some 17 minutes behind Lancaster.

Three-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer and fellow American Lance Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France champion, also finished in the top pack. Leipheimer is 12th overall with Aromstrong 18th, both 10 seconds off the pace.

The eight-stage event, which continues Tuesday with a 152.3-km third stage from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, concludes Sunday.

© AFP 2010

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STAGE 2 RESULTS

1 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 4:38:48
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo
3 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
4 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis
5 Andre Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
6 Francois Parisien (Can) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy
7 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack
8 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions
9 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team HTC-Columbia
10 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia
 
General Classification after Stage 2
 
1 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 8:43:24
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:04
3 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis
4 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:06
5 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1
6 Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis 0:00:07
7 Paul Mach (USA) Bissell 0:00:08
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia 0:00:10
9 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions

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