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Wiggins wins time trial, takes Tour of California lead

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain powered to a dominating individual time trial win today and moved into the race lead of Amgen Tour of California.

Wiggins (SKY), 34, the 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic time trial gold medalist, completed the 12.5-mile flat and fast course in Folsom in 23 minutes and 18 seconds and at average speed of 32 mph. Wiggins is competing in the Tour of California for the first time in six years.

Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) of Australia, finished second, 44 seconds behind Wiggins on a warm and windless day when temperatures reached the mid 80s. American Taylor Phinney was third, another eights seconds behind.

Wiggins, the 98th rider in the field of 128, now leads the eight-day, estimated 720-mile event by 44 seconds over Dennis. Phinney is third overall, trailing by 52 seconds.

Mark Cavendish of Britain (Omega Pharma Quick-Step), who held the first-day lead after his sprint win in stage 1, finished 27th in Monday’s second stage.

One hour before the start of the men’s race, American Alison Powers (UnitedHealthcare) won the women’s 12.5-mile time trial, held on the same course as the men’s race. Powers, 34, a former several-time national titlist, finished in 27 minutes and 20 seconds.

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