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Bradley Wiggins wins second stage of Tour of California

SportsBradley WigginsTaylor PhinneyTour of CaliforniaAmgen Inc.Garmin Ltd.Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins of Britain, the 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic time trial gold medalist, powered to a 44-second victory Monday in the Stage 2 individual time trial and moved into the race lead at the Amgen Tour of California.

Wiggins (SKY), the 98th rider in the field of 128, completed the flat 12.5-mile course in 23 minutes 18 seconds at an average speed of 32 mph.

Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) of Australia, who finished about one hour before Wiggins, was second in 24:02.

American Taylor Phinney (BMC) was third in 24:10.

Wiggins leads the eight-day race by 44 seconds over Dennis and 52 seconds over Phinney.

Alison Powers of the United States (UnitedHealthcare) claimed the earlier 20-rider women's time trial, held on the same course, in 27:40. Mark Cavendish of Britain (Omega Pharma Quick-Step), who held the first-day lead after his sprint win in Stage 1, finished 27th.

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