Tour of California Stage 2: JJ

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right: JJ Haedo takes the stage over Luca Paolini and Thor Hushovd. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

JJ Haedo takes the sprint victory. It was a familiar result from last year's ToC, but Haedo did it under CSC colors this time around. Yesterday was a disappointing day for Haedo, who finished back in eighth place behind his own teammate Stuart O'Grady. This time around Haedo put several bike lengths over both Luca Paolini and Thor Hushovd -- no photo finish necessary. Kudos to Bobby Julich, Stuart O'Grady, Jens Voigt, and the rest of the team for their leadout efforts. They're going to have to switching gears tomorrow: none of the sprinters (including Haedo) had the legs to make it over Sierra Road with the lead pack. With Zabriskie out, it's time for CSC to start positioning Julich for the overall.

It was good to see that yesterday's crash didn't seem to effect the riders too much. Chris Horner went down hard yesterday but was able to lead Freddie Rodriguez up to the front. Christophe Laurent also spent most of the day flying off the front (with Omer Kem and David McCann) before being passed by Danny Pate on a futile late breakaway attempt.

Discovery did a good job of protecting the lead today. It's still mind-boggling to see images of Basso pulling at the front. Discovery was also there in the sprint with George Hincapie giving Allan Davis a good leadout for fourth. Luckily for Levi, Navigator's Hilton Clark was only able to manage a ninth place showing and won't be taking the overall leader's jersey away.

Note to Versus: please recognize that many of your viewers use TiVo/DVRs. In addition to marking shows as re-runs, this time around they started 15 minutes late, cutting off the final sprint.

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