Sagan wins again on Tour of California

San Francisco—Reigning champion Peter Sagan extended his record for Tour of California stage victories on Wednesday, bagging a 15th win in the American cycling showpiece on a gruelling fourth stage. The Slovak Tinkoff rider bided his time before winning a sprint finish at the famed Laguna Seca motorsport circuit in Monterey, his second triumph of the 2016 race after a victory in Sunday’s first stage.
The 2015 world champion had effectively given up hope of retaining his Tour of California crown after a disastrous third stage which left him with no chance of challenging in the general classification. But Sagan took consolation with victory in Wednesday’s fourth stage, a 134.8 mile (217 kilometer) run from Morro Bay up California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway before its climax at Laguna Seca.
The 26-year-old took the line honors with a time of 5hrs 16min 33sec, ahead of Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Australia’s Nathan Haas (Dimension Data).
France’s Julian Alaphilippe of the Etixx-Quick Step team strengthened his grip on the yellow jersey after finishing in 10th place. Alaphilippe leads the general classification with an aggregate time of 18:06:17, 22 seconds clear of American rider Peter Stetina of the Trek-Segafredo team.—AFP

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