SANTA CRUZ, California (AFP) –
Peter Sagan survived a 10-cyclist crash to retain the overall lead after the second stage of the Amgen Tour of California.
All of the fallen riders got up and returned to the race including Slovakia’s Sagan who powered his way to the finish to win his second consecutive stage, on Monday. The crash occurred 73 miles into the stage.
The stage took the starting field of 128 along the scenic California coastline.
Sagan was timed in the 117.1-mile road race from San Francisco in five hours and two minutes and now leads the eight-day competition by eight seconds over Aussie Heinrich Haussler.
Former Tour de France stage winner Haussler was second for the second straight day. He finished a half-dozen bike lengths back of Sagan. Leigh Howard was third.