International Cycling

Skujins sprints to victory

2016-05-20 07:01
Toms Skujins (Getty)

San Francisco - Latvia's Toms Skujins won the fifth stage of the Tour of California on Thursday as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe retained his grip on the overall lead.

Cannondale rider Skujins, already a stage winner in the US cycling showpiece in 2015, came home ahead of Canada's Adam De Vos (Rally Racing) and Spain's Xabier Zandio of Team Sky.

Skujins' victory came at the end of a demanding 210 kilometre uphill battle stretching from the scenic California wine country town of Lodi into the Sierra Nevada Mountains before finishing on the short of southern Lake Tahoe.

Skujins broke clear with around 19 miles to go, before being joined by De Vos and Zandio.

Behind them, Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Mark Christian (Wiggins) and Katusha's Jacopo Guarnieri upped the pace in an attempt to close the gap but the break proved decisive.

De Vos sought to make a break for the line but Skujins turned on the power to overhaul the Canadian and claim the win in 5hr 54min 45sec.

Alaphilippe, meanwhile, retained his overall lead after finishing seventh, 43 seconds off the front.

Alaphilippe remains 22 seconds clear of American rider Peter Stetina and 37 seconds ahead of Lotto-Jumbo rider George Bennett of New Zealand.

Friday's sixth stage is a 12.6 mile time trial around the California town of Folsom.

Results and standings after the fifth stage of the Tour of California on Thursday:

5th stage result

1. Toms Skujins (LAT/Cannondale) 5hr 54min 45sec, 2. Adam de Vos (CAN/Rally) same time, 3. Xabier Zandio (ESP/Sky) 8 seconds, 4. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/Trek) 28, 5. Jhonatan Restrepo (COL/Katusha) 43, 6. Rob Squire (USA/Holowesko) s.t., 7. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/Etixx-Quick-Step) s.t., 8. Travis McCabe (USA/Holowesko) s.t. 9. Rohan Dennis (AUS/BMC) s.t., 10. Lawson Craddock (USA/Cannondale) s.t.

General classification

1. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/Etixx-Quick-Step) 24hr 1min 45sec, 2. Peter Stetina (USA/Trek) at 22 seconds, 3. George Bennett (NZL/Lotto-Jumbo) 37, 4. Brent Bookwalter (USA/BMC) 40, 5. Laurens Ten Dam (NED/Giant-Alpecin) 49, 6. Neilson Powless (USA/Axeon) 1:01, 7. Rohan Dennis (AUS/BMC) s.t, 8. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/BMC) s.t., 9. Rob Britton (CAN/Rally) 1:12, 10. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/Trek) 1:15.

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