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Schar holds on to win stage 2 at Tour of Utah

August 5, 2014

TORREY, Utah (AP) — Michael Schar of BMC Racing Team survived a six-man breakaway over Boulder Mountain and then sprinted to victory Tuesday in the second stage of the Tour of Utah.

Schar was part of the lead group for the entirety of the 131-mile stage, the longest of this year’s race. After cresting the final climb, the reigning Swiss road race champion managed to hold off the peloton by two seconds at the finish line.

Schar then collapsed in a joyful heap on the pavement under the town’s famous cottonwoods.

SmartStop’s Jure Kocjan finished second for the second straight day, winning a bunched sprint for the podium. Serghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly finished third.

The third stage Wednesday takes riders 118 miles before finishing in Tooele, Utah.

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