Javier Acevedo leads Tour of California after stage 2

Javier Alexis Acevedo of Columbia riding for Jamis-Hagens Berman reacts as he comes to the finish to take the overall lead at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway during Stage 2 of the Tour of California on May 13, 2013 in Palm Springs, California.

PALM SPRINGS, California (AP) — Javier Acevedo of Colombia bolted to the lead in the last 700 yards (640 meters) of the final steep climb to win Monday’s second stage in scorching heat to take the overall lead at the Tour of California.

The 27-year-old rider completed the 124.1-mile (200-kilometer) Murrieta to Greater Palm Springs road race in 5 hours, 7 minutes and 40 seconds as temperatures approached 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius).

Acevedo, who rides for U.S. Team Jamis-Hagens Berman, leads American Tejay van Garderen (BMC) by 12 seconds with six stages remaining.

Van Garderen, who with Acevedo began the day 16 seconds behind overnight leader Liuewe Westra, finished 12 seconds behind.

Phil Deignan (United Healthcare) of Ireland was 27 seconds back to take third in the stage and is also third overall.

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