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Hincapie wins stage, Van Garderen takesl lead

Updated: August 24, 2011, 18:35


This photo released by Nathan Bilow Photography, shows Walter Morales Pedraza from Columbia on his way to be crowned King of the Mountain, 'KoM' at the highest pass 12,126 foot summit, over the Continental Divide on Cottonwood Pass in route to Buena Vista, Colo. during the second Stage of the US Pro Cycling Challenge on Wednesday, Aug., 24, 2011 (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

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.

Garmin-Cervelo's Tom Danielson, from Durango, Colo., was third in the stage to move into third overall, 22 seconds back.

Italy's Daniele Callegarin, Canadian Andrew Randell and American Sergio Hernandez were transported to a hospital in Gunnison after an eight-rider crash on a cattle guard as the field approached the first of two ascents over 12,000 feet in the stage.

Callegarin, who rides for the American-based Team Type 1 squad, sustained a concussion, two broken hands, severe facial injuries and several other injuries, according to a team spokesperson.

Randell and Hernandez were released, according to the team's physician, who was at the hospital with the riders.

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