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Last updated: May 14. 2013 1:48PM - 2450 Views
By - jsoprano@civitasmedia.com



The peloton makes its way up the steep Tram Way road in Palm Springs, Calif., during the Amgen Tour of California Bike Race on Monday, May 13, 2013. This was Stage 2 of the race which started in Murrieta, Calif., and finished in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Rodrigo Pena/AP Photos)
The peloton makes its way up the steep Tram Way road in Palm Springs, Calif., during the Amgen Tour of California Bike Race on Monday, May 13, 2013. This was Stage 2 of the race which started in Murrieta, Calif., and finished in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Rodrigo Pena/AP Photos)
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If you missed Monday's stage of the Tour of California, you missed a rare treat.
Monday's 124-miler can only be described as epic.
Riders faced 9,790 feet of climbing, including a Category 1 climb midway through the day and another at the finish.
And did I mention that temperatures hit 111 degrees during the race.
Riders were literally dropping as soon as they crossed the finish line.
The Tour de France may finish with some more difficult climbs, but I don't recall seeing those type of temperatures in those European sky resorts the Tour uses for finishes.
Columbian Janier Alexis Acevedo won the stage with a late attack on young American Tejay van Garderen, who finished 12 second back. BMC's van Garderen is in good position to win the Tour now because of his time trialing abilities.
Today's third stage — 110.4 miles from Pamdale to Santa Clarita — should be a day for the sprinters, which means the stage should go to Slovakia's Peter Sagan. Still it will be fun to watch.
Coverage begins at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.
Speaking of missing things.
I realize Sunday was Mother's Day, so some of you may have been too busy to get to Cycling Scene. Here's a link to Sunday's column.
Ride safely.

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