Boonen wins stage two of 2008 Tour of California

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02/20/2008| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen
Photo copyright Ben Ross / Action Images Inc.
Photo copyright Ben Ross / Action Images Inc.

Boonen wins stage two of 2008 Tour of California

Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger awards leader jersey to Tyler Farrar.

and captured the first stage in Santa Rosa this year, punctured a tire.  Unselfishly, overall race leader Fabian Cancellara (SUI) of Team CSC gave his wheel to Haedo, and remarkably Haedo caught up and surged to the front to contest the sprint, finishing in an impressive fifth place, just behind Mark Cavendish (GBR) of High Road. 

Farrar, who finished third in Sunday?s Prologue, moved up the general classification rankings into the Amgen Leader Jersey, replacing Cancellara.

?This win probably tops any win I?ve ever had; it?s a pretty big deal for me,? said Farrar.  ?I?m ecstatic to be racing in America, and to be wearing the Amgen Leader Jersey is a big deal for me and for the team.?

Stewart held onto the California Travel & Tourism Commission King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey for a second day; however he turned over the Tachyon Most Aggressive Jersey to Nydam.  The Herbalife Sprint Jersey went to Heinrich Haussler (GER) of Gerolsteiner.  Ciolek will continue to wear the Union Bank of California Best Young Rider Jersey for a second day.  Team High Road took the overall team classification lead.

The top-three general classification leaders after today are Farrar in first, Cancellara in second and Boonen in third.

?All of the stages thus far on the Amgen Tour of California have been packed with spectators, and we are delighted with the overall response to the race and athletes,? said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports.  ?As the race progresses, we are seeing everything we hoped for, including the emergence of new, young American talent like Farrar; seeing cyclists who are in their prime like Leipheimer and Boonen; and world-renowned cyclists showing us what the best of the best looks like, like Cipollini.  It?s all happening at our race and that is fantastic."

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