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Amgen Tour’s 2nd Stage Departs From SF Marina Green

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The peloton rides past the Golden Gate Bridge during stage two of the Amgen Tour of California from San Francisco to Santa Cruz on May 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The peloton rides past the Golden Gate Bridge during stage two of the Amgen Tour of California from San Francisco to Santa Cruz on May 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Cyclist Peter Sagan was in the lead as the Amgen Tour of California moved to San Francisco Monday for its second stage.

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 started Monday morning at San Francisco’s Marina Green and was traveling south on state Highway 1 through San Mateo County before ending in Aptos in Santa Cruz County, according to race organizers.

Photo Gallery: 2012 Amgen Tour of California

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.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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