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Cavendish Wins Stage 2 Of Tour Of California

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(AP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish earned his second straight win over Peter Sagan of Slovakia and extended his race lead Monday in the second stage of the Tour of California.

Cavendish, who rides for the Etixx-Quick Step team, earned his 11th win of the season with a late surge in the 120.4-mile road stage from Nevada City in 4 hours, 47 minutes and 2 seconds.

Sagan again bolted to the front of the mass sprint, but he was passed by Cavendish by a quarter-wheel. Wouter Wippert of the Netherlands finished third in the stage.

Cavendish, who has 130 career victories, leads Sagan by eight seconds in the eight-day race. American Rob Carpenter is third overall, 11 seconds behind.

About 15 riders crashed six miles from the finish. The pileup included American Ben Jacques-Maynes.