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Bradley Wiggins steals yellow jersey from Mark Cavendish

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Sir Bradley Wiggins moved into the overall lead of the Tour of California after winning stage two's time trial.

Wiggins finished 44 seconds in front of second placed Rohan Dennis and now has that same advantage over the Australian in the overall standings.

The 34 year old has now taken the yellow jersey from former team-mate Mark Cavendish after he sprinted to victory in stage one yesterday. The Manxman wore yellow today but is unlikely to see the jersey again as the race heads towards the mountains.

Cavendish will now wear the green jersey though as he has the highest amount of sprint points so far.

Wiggins completed the 20.3km course in just 23 minutes and 18 seconds, averaging 51.5km/h. The Olympic time trial champion caught two other riders on his way to securing victory, showing he means business in the coming stages.

The Team Sky rider had been practising on the time trial course and admits he knew it like the back of his hand.

Wiggins said, according to the Guardian: "I've been staying in Folsom for the last week and have been coming up here to ride the course," Wiggins said. "I knew it back and front. To come here today and put it all into action is a nice feeling. I'm in a good position now and I knew I was good coming into this race."

With there being a summit finish tomorrow, Wiggins is keen to keep hold of the yellow jersey and thinks the real race starts tomorrow as the main contenders will all be hoping for great things in the mountains.

The 2012 Tour de France winner said, according to Sky Sports: "I didn't plan to have taken as much time as that but it was a great course for me and I'd prepared well for it. I've been here for a few weeks now and now the real stuff starts tomorrow.

"We've checked tomorrow's stage out so we know it. I'm in a good position and I'm climbing well. We're used to being in this position now as a team after the last few years so we know what to do. It's going to be quite a long week for the boys and it's going to get a lot hotter these next few days. But it's a great position to be in.

"I've said all year that Paris-Roubaix and heading into California were my goals. I've worked hard towards this and on a day like today it all clicks into place and comes together as a true test of where you're at.

"You set out with a plan and hope to be in that position, but for it all to happen and to follow the process it's nice when it all falls into place."

Wiggins will still feel he needs to impress in the mountains as his Tour de France place is yet to be guaranteed, but with such good time trialling skills I can not see why they would not include him in the squad.

The Tour of California continues tomorrow with stage 3, which goes from San Jose to Mount Diablo State Park.

The gruelling climb up Mount Diablo at the end of the stage will no doubt be on all of the riders minds as the climb will give riders the opportunity to make up some time on Wiggins, or for Wiggins to open his lead up further.

Stage 2 Results

1. Bradley Wiggins (GB/Sky) 23mins 18secs

2. Rohan Dennis (Aus/Garmin) +44secs

3. Taylor Phinney (USA/BMC) +52secs

4. Eloy Tereul (Spa/Jamis-Hagens) +1min 8secs

5. Jesse Sergent (NZL/Trek) +1min 11secs

Overall Standings

1. Bradley Wiggins (GB/Sky) 5 hours 7mins 35secs

2.Rohan Dennis (Aus/Garmin) +44secs

3. Taylor Phinney (USA/BMC) +52secs

4. Eloy Tereul (Spa/Jamis-Hagens) +1min 8secs

5. Jesse Sergent (NZL/Trek) +1min 11secs

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