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Davis - Santa Rosa, Miles: 109.5
Jakob Fuglsang had a tough day in the rain like everyone else that raced today's stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California. This was a much harder stage that yesterday's relatively downhill stage into Sacramento. The weather was a major factor as the day wore on and the rainy conditions worsened. The course profile was also a bit much for many of the riders made worse by dangerous wet roads. In the end four climbs were traversed including two category two climbs the last ending about 10 miles from the finish.
Jakob ended up finishing in the 3rd group of riders 2:47 behind the winner, Brett Lancaster (Cervelo Test Team). Jakob's last duties for the day included making sure his three teammates, Andy Schleck, Andre Steensen and Jens Voigt made it safely over the climbs and into the front group lead by Team Radio Shack.
As you can see by the data stage 2 was much harder than the first stage. Jakob averaged 456w for 5-minutes today compared to 412w on stage one. Likewise he also set a much higher 20-minute power value in stage 2 of 389w, compared to 327w on stage 1.
Stage 3 won't get any easier as the riders prepare to race south out of San Francisco to San Jose. This is the same stage where Levi rode away and established himself as the leader of the Tour of California last year. Look for fireworks late in the stage as the contenders duke it out once again.
Stage 2 Summary
Total Time: 4:41
Stage placing: 47th at 2:47
GC placing after Stage 2: 47th
Body Weight: 154lbs ( 70kg)
Average speed: 23.8
Average heart rate: 130
Max heart rate: 174
Average cadence: 90
Average watts: 235w (306w normalized)
Max watts: 1081w