Matthews wins 2nd stage, takes Tour of Utah lead

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

TORREY, Utah (AP) — Australia's Michael Matthews won the second stage of the Tour of Utah on Wednesday to take the overall lead in the six-stage race.

Matthews, riding for Orica GreenEdge, edged Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet by a bike-length a day after finishing second behind the BMC rider in the first stage.

"It's definitely been a long process this year," Matthews said. "I haven't had a win yet. I've had lots of seconds. It was really a goal for me to come into this tour with good form and, hopefully, keep building up through it."

Matthews had a one-second lead over Van Avermaet in the overall standings. American Christopher Jones of UnitedHealthcare was third overall, 11 seconds back.

The lead group finished the 131-mile stage that started in Panguitch in 5 hours, 17 minutes, 56 seconds.

On Thursday, the 119-mile third stage will go from Richfield to Payson.

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