Combining two of my favorite things – the law and professional bicycle racing — Janier Acevedo won stage two of the Amgen Tour of California Monday for the Jamis-Hagens Berman team. This has got to be one of the biggest team victories for the U.S.-based UCI Continental team. Acevedo broke away for the win in a solo attack in the final kilometer after battling a nasty climb in Palm Springs on a brutal 111 degree day.
As for the law part of this, one of the team sponsors is Seattle-based plaintiffs firm, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro. Jamis is Jamis Bicycles and a third major sponsor is Sutter Home winery.
The Jamis-Hagens Berman team is a long-time UCI (International Cycling Union) Continental team sporting international cycling stars JJ Haedo and Ben Jaques-Maynes.
Aceveda, 27, of Medellin, Columbia, survived the scorching heat on the longest stage in the week-long California race by stomping the pedals for an attack on the final ascent to pull ahead of BMC Racing’s Tejay van Garderen. The final stretch on the Palm Springs tramway hit a 22 percent gradient at some points.
Van Garderen simply could not keep up to Acevedo’s pace in the end. Acevedo won a stage of the 2011 Tour of Utah and a mountain stage of the Tour of Gila earlier this month. But a stage win in the Tour of California has to be his biggest so far.
Stage 2 began in Murrieta and climbed over the mountains to Palm Springs ending near the top of Mt.San Jacinto on a day the heat topped 100 degrees for much of the 124-mile ride.
Many of the early race favorites faded in the heat.
Stage three begins in Palmdale Tuesday, winding 110-miles to Santa Clarita, with a nearly 8,900-foot elevation gain along the way.
Check out the race live here.
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