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Serb Stevic takes second stage in Georgia

AP , ROME, GEORGIA

Daniele Contrini of Italy receives kisses on podium after stage two of the Tour De Georgia cycling race in Rome, Georgia, on Tuesday. Ivan Stevic of Serbia won the stage.

PHOTO: AP

Ivan Stevic won the second stage of the Tour de Georgia, while Daniele Contrini retained the overall lead on Tuesday.

Contrini, who won the opening stage for the Tinkoff Credit Systems team, retained the overall lead despite placing 54th in the 217km ride from Thomaston to Rome on a clear, sunny day.

The Italian has a cumulative time of 8 hours, 59 minutes and 43 seconds, which puts him 29 seconds ahead of Douglas Ollerenshaw of the US.

Stevic, who rides for Toyota-United, is competing in his first Tour de Georgia after missing last year's race because of visa problems. He is fourth overall, 1:07 off the lead.

"I'm happy that I'm getting to do a big race in the United States," the Serbian said. "I felt really good."

Stevic said he felt more comfortable on Tuesday than he did during the opening stage from Peachtree City to Macon.

"The first stage, it's always hard to predict what will happen," he said. "It's hard to make good decisions at the right moments. Today, our team raced perfectly."

The peloton wound through rural western part of the southern state of Georgia before completing the stage with three laps around hilly downtown Rome.

Other winners from Stage 2 included John Devine of the USA National Development Team (best young rider) and Ben Maynes-Jacques of Priority Health (king of the mountain climbing winner).

Glen Alan Chadwick of Navigators Insurance won two of the three sprint stages, while Stevic captured the third.

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