Taylor Phinney won stage 5 of this year’s Amgen Tour of California today in a solo victory, following a long, attack on the final descent of the San Marcos Pass climb – after 107 miles of racing the began in Pismo Beach.
Peter Sagan finished in second place, with Matthew Goss rounding out the podium in third spot.
Meanwhile, Bradley Wiggins retained his overall race lead with three days of racing remaining.
How It Happened
With 20 kilometers remaining, Phinney succeeded in riding clear of the peloton – during today’s final descent. And, despite a valiant effort by Team Cannondale, the gap couldn’t be closed. Even a last ditch effort by Lucas Euser in the closing 5 kilometers, failed to catch the American rider.
Phinney proceeded to pass under the final kilometer banner with a 15 second gap – that proved to be enough to hold off any challengers to the line.
The Amgen Tour of California continues tomorrow, with a 94 mile stage from Santa Clarita to the final climb of the Mountain High.
Stage 5 Results
USA 1 PHINNEY, Taylor (BMC RACING) 3:59:33 SVK 2 SAGAN, Peter (CANNONDALE) + 12 AUS 3 GOSS, Matthew Harley (ORICA GreenEDGE) BEL 4 STUYVEN, Jasper (TREK FACTORY RACING) USA 5 REIJNEN, Kiel (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) USA 6 CRADDOCK, Lawson (GIANT-SHIMANO) FRA 7 DAMUSEAU, Thomas (GIANT-SHIMANO) BEL 8 VAN AVERMAET, Greg (BMC RACING) GER 9 VOSS, Paul (NETAPP – ENDURA) POR 10 MACHADO, Tiago (NETAPP – ENDURA) ESP 11 TERUEL ROVIRA, Eloy (JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN) SVK 12 VELITS, Martin (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) AUS 13 DENNIS, Rohan (GARMIN SHARP) USA 14 SQUIRE, Robbie (JAMIS – HAGENS BERMAN) USA 15 RATHE, Jacob (JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS)
General Classification after Stage 5 GBR 1 WIGGINS, Bradley (SKY) 17:53:36 AUS 2 DENNIS, Rohan (GARMIN SHARP) + 28 POR 3 MACHADO, Tiago (NETAPP – ENDURA) + 1:09 USA 4 CRADDOCK, Lawson (GIANT-SHIMANO) + 1:25 GBR 5 YATES, Adam (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 2:14 USA 6 STETINA, Peter (BMC RACING) + 2:28 USA 7 BUSCHE, Matthew (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 2:29 USA 8 JONES, Carter (OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES) + 2:31 NED 9 TEN DAM, Laurens (BELKIN) + 2:33 COL 10 ACEVEDO COLLE, Janier Alexis (GARMIN SHARP) + 2:34
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