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2011 Amgen Tour Of California: Ben Swift Victorious in Opening Stage

An unlikely victor - Great Britain's Ben Swift won the opening stage of the Amgen Tour of California. 

The 23-year-old cyclist emerged from a neck-and-neck final sprint with Peter Sagan of Slovakia to win stage two, which concluded in Downtown Sacramento at the state capitol.   A member of Team Sky, Swift completed the portion of today's race, 76.3 miles, in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 12 seconds. 

The race was scheduled to start yesterday in Lake Tahoe.  However stage one was cancelled due to snow showers and freezing temperatures in the Sierra that caused poor riding conditions.  Weather delayed the tour again today, prompting tour officials to move the race's start from Squaw Valley to Nevada City.

The Tour of California continues tomorrow with stage three beginning in Auburn and finishing in Modesto.

Top 10 Standings and Results

Pos. No. UCI Code Rider Team Time Gap

1.   38   GBR19871105 SWIFT, Ben* SKY 02:47:02 00:00:00
2.   61   SVK19900126 SAGAN, Peter* LIQ 02:47:06 00:00:04
3.   23   AUS19861105 GOSS, Matthew Harley* THR 02:47:08 00:00:06
4.   126   CAN19850712 LACOMBE, Kevin* CSM 02:47:12 00:00:10
5.   73   ARG19810126 HAEDO, Juan Jose SBS 02:47:12 00:00:10
6.   142   ARG19800425 BORRAJO, Alejandro Alberto JSH 02:47:12 00:00:10
7.   14   NOR19780118 HUSHOVD, Thor GRM 02:47:12 00:00:10
8.   47   USA19900627 PHINNEY, Taylor* BMC 02:47:12 00:00:10
9.   81   ESP19760215 FREIRE GOMEZ, Oscar RAB 02:47:12 00:00:10
10.   176   USA19810911 MILNE, Shawn KPC 02:47:12


Standings via Amgen Tour of California's official website.