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Butler and Bishop two for two

Racing heated up on day two, with Canadian rider Chris Sheppard on the attack to make up time lost on the previous stage. Sheppard charged to the front, leading most of final 25 kilometers of hot, desert singletrack. Then on the first of four steep climbs before the finish line, Sheppard attacked, ringing alarm bells in the lead group that included Bishop, Ben Sonntag and Tinker Juarez (all MonaVie Cannondale). Only Bishop could answer Sheppard's pace that left Sonntag and Juarez scrambling.

After three hours and seven minutes of intense racing, Bishop nipped Sheppard by a wheel to take his second stage win. Bishop holds about a six-minute advantage over Sheppard who moved into second place in the GC.

"I was on the rivet and just fought to stay with [Sheppard] on the last two steep single track climbs," said Bishop after crossing the finish line. "I came around a bit on the last one and just tried to stay with him on the descent. I was surprised to win the sprint after that much suffering."

Sonntag rallied from a heat-related meltdown on day one to round out stage two's podium with a solid third-place finish.

Juarez, who crossed the line in forth, said, "I just hit the wall on those last climbs."

Juarez and Sonntag sit third and fourth respectively in the GC.

Wednesday's stage to Greenstone Mountain will feature both the highest point of the race at just over 6,000 feet and the race's most treacherous descent.

Results

Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremiah Bishop9:09:11
2Chris Sheppard
3Benjamin Sonntag
4David Juarez
5Evan Plews
6Brian Cooke
7Zachary Vestal
8John Mylne
9Matt Ohran
10Matthew Spurgin
11Brandon Cross
12Peter Butt
13Paul Berry
14Dejay Birtch
15Jonathan Nutbrown
16Warren Ellis
17Ron Ellis
18Ian Crosthwaite
19Stephen Ushy
20Timothy Wilkie
21Craig Marshall
22Gary Buxton
23Jon Firth
24John Bence
25Rod Dagneau
26Geoff Hales
27Thomas Phillips
28Paul Newitt
29Claude Laberge
30Ray LaChance
31Thomas Yip
32Mike Abraham
33Glen Allen
34Justin Brown
35Eugene Anderson
36Terry Turpening
37Kevin Wolsey
38Anthony DeLorenzo
39Stephane Carignan
40Colin Morris
41Duncan Harrison
42Andrew Harrison
43Jean David
44Brice Minnigh
45Brook Mayberry
46Shayne Myers
47Karl Yeh

Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sue Butler9:09:11
2Amanda Carey
3Jennifer O'Connor
4Sarah Kaufmann
5Lyne Bessette
6Kate Aardal
7Leslie Clements
8Rebecca Tomaszewski
9Jennifer Schulz
10Melanie Lewis
11Tanya Hanham

Men 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Kelly9:09:11
2Chuck Connor
3Timothy Wykle
4Jack Funk
5Michael Hoffner
6Andre Anderson
7Rick Metzger
8Clive Rubens
9Alan Mickelson

Mixed team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tamara Goeppel9:09:11
2Thomas Tetz
3Karen Collins
4Jeff Collins
5Tara Walsh
6Chris Welsh
7Brad Hunter
8Rachael Mirvish
9Robert Fletcher
10Jim Seethram

Women team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brandyn Roark-Gray9:09:11
2Jen Segger
3Heather King
4KJ Sadler

Men general classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremiah Bishop12:16:26
2Chris Sheppard
3Benjamin Sonntag0:03:42
4David Juarez0:05:45
5Evan Plews0:10:44
6Brian Cooke0:13:49
7Zachary Vestal0:21:22
8John Mylne0:22:33
9Matt Ohran0:22:46
10Matthew Spurgin0:34:38
11Brandon Cross0:34:53
12Peter Butt0:35:41
13Paul Berry0:39:43
14Dejay Birtch
15Jonathan Nutbrown
16Warren Ellis0:51:38
17Ron Ellis
18Ian Crosthwaite0:52:12
19Stephen Ushy0:52:13
20Timothy Wilkie0:56:20
21Craig Marshall1:01:33
22Gary Buxton1:04:39
23Jon Firth1:05:03
24John Bence1:08:03
25Rod Dagneau1:09:06
26Geoff Hales1:10:25
27Thomas Phillips1:10:26
28Paul Newitt1:20:40
29Claude Laberge1:22:31
30Ray LaChance1:23:46
31Thomas Yip1:26:53
32Mike Abraham1:33:07
33Glen Allen1:40:13
34Justin Brown1:40:56
35Eugene Anderson1:51:20
36Terry Turpening1:53:11
37Kevin Wolsey1:58:35
38Anthony DeLorenzo2:02:07
39Stephane Carignan2:08:18
40Colin Morris2:15:45
41Duncan Harrison2:28:32
42Andrew Harrison
43Jean David2:34:32
44Brice Minnigh2:36:27
45Brook Mayberry3:08:42
46Shayne Myers3:19:53
47Karl Yeh3:28:13

Women general classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sue Butler12:50:27
2Amanda Carey0:00:32
3Jennifer O'Connor0:07:15
4Sarah Kaufmann0:07:36
5Lyne Bessette0:16:51
6Kate Aardal0:28:04
7Leslie Clements0:30:37
8Rebecca Tomaszewski
9Jennifer Schulz0:52:56
10Melanie Lewis1:28:37
11Tanya Hanham1:57:50

Men 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Kelly13:13:19
2Chuck Connor0:05:18
3Timothy Wykle
4Jack Funk0:52:01
5Michael Hoffner1:08:43
6Andre Anderson1:12:29
7Rick Metzger1:13:47
8Clive Rubens1:31:27
9Alan Mickelson2:15:27

Mixed team classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tamara Goeppel13:26:29
2Thomas Tetz0:00:01
3Karen Collins0:12:40
4Jeff Collins
5Tara Walsh1:48:24
6Chris Welsh
7Brad Hunter1:51:29
8Rachael Mirvish
9Robert Fletcher2:01:53
10Jim Seethram2:02:17

Women team classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brandyn Roark-Gray13:58:17
2Jen Segger
3Heather King0:22:56
4KJ Sadler0:22:57

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