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Tour of California: Cocky Young Brit Wins Stage Again, Levi Still in Lead Overall

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For the second day in a row, 23-year-old Mark Cavendish of Britain won yesterday's stage, a 134-mile route from Visalia to Paso Robles, mostly on the San Joaquin Valley floor.

"This was the day that I was planning on winning this year,” said Cavendish in a Tour report. “It was a hard day; harder than expected. It seems like they’ve replicated the Tour de France with the speed and the par course. It has been incredibly hard.”

Levi Leipheimer still leads the race over all with a 24-second lead, but today's short route expected to be a decisive day. It's a 15-mile time trial that goes out and back into the Santa Ynez Valley from Solvang, winding through quaint towns, vineyards, farms, and one short, but steep, climb up Ballard Canyon," explains the Tour.