A day after sunny skies welcomed the Tour of California to its new May date, wet conditions more reminiscent of February followed the riders from Davis to Santa Rosa.
Slick roads on steep and curvy descents led to several crashes that splintered the field and left most teams with at least one rider sporting road rash when they crossed the finish.
But in the end it was Australian Brett Lancaster of Cerv?lo TestTeam who powered away from a leading group of 25 to secure the stage win. The group, which also included a number of contenders for the yellow jersey, formed after absorbing a breakaway group that dissolved while going up and over Trinity Grade, the final serious climb of the day.
Lancaster claimed both the stage and the yellow jersey, while yesterday's winner, Mark Cavendish, finished several minutes back.
Brett Lancaster (right) of Cervelo TestTeam crosses the line ahead of Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Doimo in Santa Rosa. — Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Stage 2 Results
- Brett Lancaster - Cerv?lo TestTeam 4:38:48
- Peter Sagan - Liquigas-Doimo +00:00
- Lars Boom - Rabobank +00:00
- Rory Sutherland - UnitedHealthcase Prowerd by Maxxis +00:00
- Andre Steensen - Team Saxo Bank +00:00
- Francois Parisien - SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy +00:00
- Levi Leipheimer - Team RadioShack +00:00
- Ryder Hesjedal - Garmin-Transitions +00:00
- Lars Bak - HTC-Columbia +00:00
- Michael Rogers - HTC-Columbia +00:00
Monday, May 17 — 110.1 miles
Large crowds will no doubt gather in both Davis, the new home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, and Santa Rosa, hometown of defending champion Levi Leipheimer. In between, keep an eye on the peloton as they ascend Oakville Grade, descend Trinity Grade and pass picturesque vineyards.
? Sprint points at: Winters, Angwin
? KOM points at: CA128, Howell Mt. Rd., Oakville Grade, Trinity Grade