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Taylor Phinney is competing in his first Amgen Tour of California. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Taylor Phinney is competing in his first Amgen Tour of California. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour of California, Stage 2: Phinney Eighth

16. mei 2011

Sacramento, California

Taylor Phinney sprinted to an eighth-place finish Monday for the BMC Racing Team as the Amgen Tour of California got underway a day later than planned.

Rainy Finale

The 122-kilometer race was shortened due to the same snowy conditions that canceled Stage 1 on Sunday. Rain fell briefly, slackening the Downtown Sacramento streets as Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) took the win. "I was happy being top 10," Phinney said. "It was kind of a tricky circuit to figure out where to be and it was hard to move up. Then it got wet and I didn't want to take too many risks in the corners. I was on all the big guys' wheels going into the last 500 meters, but was just missing that little kick at the end."