Cyclist Peter Sagan started in the lead as the Amgen Tour of California moved to San Francisco today for its second stage, when it passed through Pacifica and down to Santa Cruz.
The Slovakian-born Sagan, riding for the team Liquigas-Cannondale, finished first in the annual race's first stage in Sonoma County on Sunday with a time of 4 hours, 42 minutes and 25 seconds.
The 119.6-mile stage began and ended in Santa Rosa and traveled through the hills of western Sonoma County. The 117.1-mile second stage began at San Francisco's Marina Green at 11 a.m. and traveled south on state Highway 1 through Pacifica and Half Moon Bay, with a final destination in Aptos in Santa Cruz County.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said the race would serve as a showcase for the city's hills and waterfront.
"San Francisco has invested in its bicycling infrastructure, leading to historic increases in bicyclists around our city and we are eager to share this with those who will be visiting our city for this world class cycling event," Lee said.
The third stage, on Tuesday, will travel from San Jose to Livermore.
The race will then continue through Southern California during five more stages, ending May 20 in Los Angeles.
The 2012 Amgen Tour of California is the largest cycling event in the U.S., according to race organizers.
--Bay City News
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