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Written by Monte Hamilton   
Friday, 22 June 2007

Nature Valley Grand Prix  Stage 2 June 22, 2007

Misfortune plagued the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team on Stage 2 of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Chris Baldwin was involved in a large pile-up less than 15 kilometers into the stage and had to switch bikes three times after it was discovered his Fuji bicycle frame had been damaged in the crash. Chris Wherry, who has been plagued by illness for much of the season, withdrew from the event after finishing more than nine minutes behind the leader. Earlier in the stage, Wherry had figured prominently in Toyota-United?s chase to catch three riders who held a nearly two minutes? lead with 30 km remaining in the race.

Consequently, Ivan Stevic was forced to contest the bunch sprint on his own, finishing fourth and losing his lead on the basis of bonus seconds awarded to stage winner Kirk O?Bee (Health Net presented by Maxxis).

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Nearly the entire Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team went to the front to bring back a dangerous breakaway in the closing kilometers of the stage. Ivan Stevic, wearing the yellow leader?s jersey, was isolated on the finishing circuits and had to contest the bunch sprint by himself.
Photos by  Mathew Moses  Photos by  Mathew Moses

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