Phinney attacked on the descent of San Marcos pass and went in to time trial mode to win stage 5 of the Tour of California. The young American is making this type of win his trademark after a similar feat in Poland last year.
With such a big engine, Phinney’s style will inevitably draw comparisons to Fabian Cancellara. Considering a bunch with classics riders like Sagan, Goss and Van Avermaet were chasing hard, the win must feel all the sweeter for the BMC rider.
Everything going right for BMC right now on both sides of the Atlantic. On Saturday’s mountain stage, it’s over to you Cadel!
Bradley Wiggins keeps his GC lead over Rohan Dennis with 3 stages left.
Results 5th stage Tour of California 2014
1. Taylor Phinney (USA)
2. Peter Sagan (Slovenia) + 0.12
3. Matthew Goss (Australia) s.t.
4. Jasper Stuyven (Belgium) s.t.
5. Kiel Reijnen (USA) s.t.
6. Lawson Craddock (USA) s.t.
7. Thomas Damusaeu (France) s.t.
8. Greg van Avermaet (Belgium) s.t.
9. Paul Voss (Germany) s.t.
10. Tiago Machado (Portugal) s.t.
GC after stage 5
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB)
2. Rohan Dennis (Australia) +0.28
3. Tiago Machado (Portugal) + 1.09
4. Lawson Craddock (USA) + 1.25
5. Adam Yates (GB) + 2.14
6. Peter Stetina (USA) + 2.28
7. Matthew Bussche (USA) +2.29
8. Carter Jones (USA) + 2.31
9. Laurens ten Dam (The Netherlands) + 2.333
10. Janier Acevedo (Spain) + 2.34
Tour of California 2014 stage 5: Images and more
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