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Tour Of California Live 2012: Stage 3 Is Underway

Stage 3 of the Tour of California has just begun and it begins in San Jose and is a 115.3 mile course. After Stage 2 it is Peter Sagan in the lead who has an eight second advantage over Heinrich Haussler, and with the race so early on there are 30 riders from No. 10 - 50 who are only 20 seconds behind the leader.

Here are the standings after Stage 2:

1. Peter Sagan
2. Heinrich Haussler
3. Leigh Howard
4. Jeffry Louder
5. Fred Rodriguez
6. Ben Jacques-Maynes
7. Marc De Maar
8. Markel Irizar Arranburu
9. Josh Atkins
10. Greg Van Avermaet

Here is a brief description of Stage 3

Just 28 miles into the race, the riders will contest a challenging Sprint to the finish but the race will just be getting started. Heading out north on Livermore Avenue, the riders will likely face a stiff headwind coming down the valley. After passing through the town of Danville, the Amgen Tour of California will grant a wish that has been made for the past six years by riders and fans, "Please climb Mt. Diablo." For the first time in the history of the race, the riders will climb Mt. Diablo. One of the most revered climbs in California, race organizers, cyclists and fans alike are excited to have this climb as part of Stage 3 of the 2012 race.

Here is the complete route for Tuesday's stage:

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.