Two consecutive stage wins for Slovakian Sagan
APTOS, Calif. – Peter Sagan of Slovakia won his second consecutive stage with a powerful and unchallenged sprint and retained the overall lead Monday in Stage 2 of the Tour of California.
Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), a former junior world mountain bike champion, was timed in the 117.1-mile road race from San Francisco in 5 hours and 2 minutes. He leads the eight-day event by 8 seconds over Heinrich Haussler.
Australian Haussler (Garmin-Barracuda), a former Tour de France stage winner, was second for the second consecutive day.
Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEDGE) was third.
Sagan was among 10 cyclists who crashed 73 miles into Stage 2. All of the fallen riders returned to the field.
Defending champion Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan)of Bend, Ore., finished safely in the main field for the second consecutive day, as did Fort Lewis College graduate Tom Danielson of the Garmin team.
Danielson, who was third overall in the Tour of California and fourth in the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado last year, is 26th overall, 20 seconds back along with stalwarts such as Teejay Van Garderen of BMC and Levi Leipheimer of Omega Pharma-Quickstep.
The eight-day event continues today with the 115.3-mile Stage 3 road race from San Jose to Livermore. The route will include the race’s first substantial climb, an ascent of Mount Diablo about halfway through the stage.
Contenders fall near finish; Hesjedal protects lead
FROSINONE, Italy– Francisco Ventoso of Spain won the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia in a sprint finish Monday after several other contenders fell at the last turn.
Ryder Hesjedal, a Canadian with Garmin-Barracuda, kept the overall lead for a third day.
Former Milan-San Remo winner Matthew Goss was set up for the sprint when he miscalculated the final curve and flew off his bike. He eventually got up and limped away.
Ventoso, who rides for the Movistar team, was timed in 3 hours, 39 minutes, 15 seconds for the 108-mile leg from San Giorgio Del Sannio to Frosinone, south of Rome.
Hesjedal remained nine seconds ahead of Spain’s Joaquin Rodriguez and 15 seconds in front of Italy’s Paolo Tiralongo.
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Star-witness McNamee describes injecting Clemens
WASHINGTON – Brian McNamee said he injected Roger Clemens with steroids about eight to 10 times when they were with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998.
McNamee took the stand Monday and described in detail how he became intertwined with one of the most successful pitchers in baseball history. He testified that he first injected Clemens in the buttocks in Clemens’ apartment at the pitcher’s request.
McNamee was the strength and conditioning coach for the Blue Jays at the time.
McNamee is the chief witness in the trial of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. He is the only person who will testify with firsthand knowledge of Clemens using performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens is charged with lying to Congress when he testified in 2008 that he had never used steroids or human growth hormone.
Former BYU quarterback Detmer to Hall of Fame
PROVO, Utah – Former Brigham Young quarterback Ty Detmer will be the sixth Cougar inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The National Football Foundation made the announcement Monday and will reveal the rest of the Class of 2012 today.
Detmer’s 15,031 career yards passing and 121 touchdowns were NCAA bests at the time. He still holds nine NCAA records.
He led BYU to four bowl games, three AP Top 25 finishes and a 28-21 victory over top-ranked Miami on Sept. 8, 1990.
He currently is the head coach at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas.