2014 Amgen Tour of California moved on to the second stage Monday with the Men's Time Trials taking place in the city of Folsom. Mark Cavendish defended his yellow jersey against a field of 127 different cyclists in a 12.5 miles of time trial dueling. The order of riding was based upon how well the cyclists fared in yesterday's stage. The top three finalists would race last giving the other riders a chance to move up in the standings.
The trials started at 1:05 P.M. and for the next two and a half hours, the cyclists gave it their all as they sped along the city route trying to break each others times. Austrian Rohan Dennis of Team Garmin-Sharp started at 38th but established the lead with a time of 24:02 until British cyclist Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky bested that finish when he came out at 98th to establish a time of 23:18. American Taylor Phinney of BMC Racing Team came in at third (24:10). Yesterday's winner Mark Cavendish finished 27th (25:21).
Bradley Wiggins was awarded the "Amgen Leader Jersey" and will head into Stage Three wearing the yellow. Will Routley retains the "King of the Mountain Jersey", Lawson Craddick wins the "Crunchies Best Young Rider Jersey" and Charles Planet retains the "Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey". As of now, the top five teams are 1.) Trek Factory Racing, 2.) Garmin-Sharp, 3.) Team NetApp-Endura, 4.) Team Sky and 5.) BMC Racing Team. Tomorrow's stage will take place in San Jose and finish on the top of Mount Diablo. For more information about Tuesday's race please visit http://amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages/stage-3