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Ben King grabs the Amgen Tour of California spotlight, winning Stage 2

Ben King grabs the Amgen Tour of California spotlight, winning Stage 2

A long strip of yellow caution tape held back dozens of people crowded around a nondescript recreational vehicle parked on Mission Street in South Pasadena not long before the Amgen Tour of California's second stage started Monday.

When Peter Sagan, the world's top-ranked cyclist and the race's defending champion, emerged from the vehicle, even the three helicopters clattering overhead couldn't drown out of the cries of “Peter!”

Camera phones flashed. One person held up a giant picture of Sagan's head. Others thrust their arms toward him. Staffers from the Tinkoff team tried to clear a path through the fans — some jangled...

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