Folsom hosts Stage 2 of AMGEN Tour of California

FOLSOM, Calif. - For the first time, the city of Folsom played host to the Stage 2 time trial of the AMGEN Tour of California.

The time trial event is an intense race against the clock. Cyclists ride for 12.5 miles, taking off one-by-one, trying to clock their fastest time.

"It's exhilarating here he comes and you can feel the wind," spectator Kevin Mangan said as he watched the riders come down Sutter Street.

Starting in the quaint streets of historic Folsom, cyclists rode east, headed over the American River and past Folsom Prison.

They fought through a big climb followed by a steep downhill, before doubling back to Sutter Street.

"Oh, it's fantastic. The crowds have been really nice. It's great to see all these fantastic bikers," spectator Jeff Cooper said.

Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins of Belgium set a winning mark of 23:18. Wiggins was the first British rider to win the Tour de France and had a big fan-base in Folsom Tuesday.

Former U.S. national time trial champion Alison Powers of Fraser, Colorado, took first place on the women's side with a time of 27:20.

"I'm so excited! I've come here two others times and got second. So third time's a charm! It's a really good feeling," Powers said.

For placing at the top of the podium, Powers received the token California bear she affectionately named "Bear."

"I've always wanted the bear. So finally to have it now, it's like the best gift of the whole race," Powers said.

With television coverage spanning across 200 countries, all eyes were on Folsom in the foothills of the Golden State Monday.

It's great for the city and it's great for everybody," Cooper said.

The executive director of the Amgen Tour of California, Kristin Bachochin, said the support from Folsom was evident Monday.

"We look at Folsom as a long-term partner. So we look forward to definitely coming back in the future," Bachochin said.

Riders head to San Jose TuesdaY where they will make the climb to Mt. Diablo. The eight-day race wraps up May 18 in Thousand Oaks in Southern California..


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