Henderson makes it 2 out of 2 for Team Sky at Tour of California

And it's a one, two for Sky at the top of the leaderboard too

by Tony Farrelly   May 18, 2011  

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Greg Henderson scored Team Sky's second win in a row when he sprinted to victory in yesterday's 3rd stage of the Amgen Tour of California and in to the overall race leader's jersey just ahead of his team mate, Ben Swift.

Sky's sprint train dominated the run in to the stage finish but while the rest of the sprinters appeared to be waiting for Swift to make his move Henderson went instead. Subsequently it turned out that the Englishman was having trouble getting through the traffic which left Henderson to make the decision to go for it himself.

Henderson powered clear in the finishing straight and put daylight between himself and rest of the field before holding off Juan José Haedo (Saxo Bank Sungard) and world champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo).
 
Swift was blocked a couple of times in a frantic finale but still finished in 11th position and he and Henderson are joint top of the overall standings, with the Kiwi just taking over the leader's golden jersey.
 
"We were all lined up and I opened up with 500 metres to go expecting Swifty, but he wasn't there,” said Henderson. With 100m to go I thought no one had come around me so I just kept my head down. I was lucky to have the legs but was absolutely spent at the line. I was so lactic I was cross-eyed - I couldn’t even do a victory salute!” Henderson told TeamSky.com.