Peterson Wins Stage 2

February 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
For the second day in a row Mother Nature made her presence felt on the tour of California. A deluge of rain on the California coast caused a 15-rider crash that included Lance Armstrong. But the seven-time Tour De France winner was able to get back on his bike and finish 20 seconds back of the winner. He also managed to move up to fourth overall.

Partly sunny skies greeted the riders in Santa Cruz at the finish line. But it was a 115.9 mile test of grit and endurance to get there.

Two-time Defending Tour of California Champion Levi Leipheimer has shown in the past he's got what it takes to finish on top, and today was no different. The 35-year old Montana native separated himself from the peloton early with a fierce attack up the mountains.

But would relinquish his long lead just 100 yards from the finish line. Check out fellow American Tom Peterson pass him with to win stage 2.

Leipheimer does own the overall leader's yellow jersey... And he said afterwards it was the rough weather that pushed him throughout.



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