Aug 24, 2011 7:38 PM by Lee Douglas
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - American veteran George Hincapie emerged from a six-rider group Wednesday to win the crash-marred second stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, while young compatriot Tejay Van Garderen became the third race leader in three days.
The 38-year-old Hincapie, a 15-time Tour de France finisher from Greenville, S.C., completed the rainy 130.3-mile leg from Gunnison to Aspen in 5 hours, 26 minutes, 10 seconds.
Van Garderen, the 22-year-old rider from Bozeman, Mont., finished second in the stage that concluded in steady rain. He began the day in sixth position, seven seconds behind Levi Leipheimer. Van Garderen, the team leader of the American HTC-Highroad squad, leads Hincapie by 16 seconds with four stages left in the inaugural race.
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