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Acevedo burns rubber in Stage 2 of Tour of California

Javier Acevedo, a Colombian who rides for the American Jamis-Hagens Berman team, crosses the finish line in the lead at the second stage of the Tour of California, which ended in Palm Springs. Mark Adkison/ Hors Categorie Photography. For more photos of the Tour of California, visit http://hcphoto.smugmug.com.

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From page B2 | May 14, 2013 |

PALM SPRINGS — Javier Acevedo of Colombia bolted to the front with about 700 yards left in final steep climb, winning Monday’s second stage in scorching heat to take the overall lead at the Tour of California.

The 27-year-old rider completed the 124.1-mile Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs road race in 5 hours, 7 minutes and 40 seconds as temperatures approached 110 degrees.

Acevedo, who rides for American team Jamis-Hagens Berman, leads U.S. racer Tejay van Garderen (BMC) by 12 seconds with six stages remaining.

Van Garderen, who with Acevedo began the day 16 seconds behind overnight leader Liuewe Westra, finished 12 seconds behind.

Acevedo and van Garderen moved to the front in the final stretch of the 3.7-mile climb to the tram station finish that included an average 8.5 percent gradient.

“I waited for the moment when I felt the strongest,” said Acevedo, who claimed his seventh career pro win and second in 12 days. “For me, it was about the same as (Sunday) although the altitude was higher. I was lucky I stayed away.”

The intense heat and dry desert conditions ravaged the field.

Acevedo, who won the opening stage of the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico on May 1, was among many riders who collapsed at the finish into the arms of support staff.

Marco Pinotti (BMC), who finished the stage and Belgian Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), who collapsed about a half-mile from the finish, were both transported to a hospital with heat-related issues.

“It was probably the hottest race that I’ve ever done,” said van Garderen, the race favorite who placed fourth and fifth overall the past two years. “Insane. It was unlike anything I’ve ever done.”

Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), the Stage 1 winner, lost nearly 10 minutes in the stage and is now 37th overall.

Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard-Trek), the former Tour de France winner, finished 36th and is now 30th overall, more than nine minutes behind.

“I was afraid to go into the red (zone),” said van Garderen. “Sometimes when you go into the red in this heat, you can’t recover.”

Phil Deignan (United Healthcare) of Ireland was 27 seconds behind to take third in the stage and is also third overall.

Americans Scott Zwisanski (Optum/Kelly Benefit), Jason McCartney (Bissell), Ben Jacques-Maynes (Jamis) and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) of France escaped from field early and built nearly a 12-minute advantage.

The foursome pedaled at the front for five hours, before the group steadily reduced its deficit approaching the final climb.

The 16-team event, which began with 127 riders, now has 118 remaining. The eight days of riding continues Tuesday with the 110.3-mile third stage from Palmdale to Santa Clarita and concludes Sunday in Santa Rosa after a 727-mile trek.

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