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Tour of California 2012, Stage 3: Can Peter Sagan Make It 3 In A Row?

So far, the 2012 Tour of California has belonged to Peter Sagan, who has one the first two stages. Stage 3 begins on Tuesday and will take the riders from San Jose to Livermore. This stage includes a climb up Mt. Diablo:

Just 28 miles into the race, the riders will contest a challenging Sprint to the finish but the race will just be getting started. Heading out north on Livermore Avenue, the riders will likely face a stiff headwind coming down the valley. After passing through the town of Danville, the Amgen Tour of California will grant a wish that has been made for the past six years by riders and fans, "Please climb Mt. Diablo." For the first time in the history of the race, the riders will climb Mt. Diablo. One of the most revered climbs in California, race organizers, cyclists and fans alike are excited to have this climb as part of Stage 3 of the 2012 race.

Related: Tour Of California Standings 2012: Peter Sagan Wins Stage 2

Among the cyclists who will be looking to overtake Sagan is Garmin-Barracuda's Heinrich Haussler, who sits in second place overall.

For more details on the third stage including a map, visit this Stage 3 info page.

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