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Defending champ Martin wins 2nd stage in Beijing

Updated: October 10, 2012, 6:57 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Defending champion Tony Martin took the overall lead in the Tour of Beijing after winning the second stage with a powerful solo finish Wednesday.

The Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider won the 78.3-mile stage after breaking away from a lead group on the descent following the final climb. The time trial world champion from Germany held off the chasing pack to finish in 2 hours, 37.49 seconds in a stage that started near the Bird's Nest Stadium, the iconic 2008 Olympics venue.

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