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Slovakia's Peter Sagan takes Tour of California lead

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 15, 2015 at 6:31 p.m.



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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Slovakia's Peter Sagan took the Tour of California lead Friday in the sixth stage, racing to a dominating victory in the rescheduled and shortened individual time trial.

Sagan, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider who also won the fourth stage, completed the 6.6-mile course that began and ended at the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in 12 minutes, 31.85 seconds.

Dutchman Jos Van Eden of LottoNL-Jumbo was second, 15 seconds back. France's Julian Alaphilippe of Etixx-Quick Step finished third, 18 seconds behind Sagan.

Sagan took a 28-second lead over former Latvia's Tom Skujins of Hancapie Racing with two stages left. Alaphilippe was third overall, 45 seconds back.

Sagan has 13 career stage victories in the event.

Evelyn Stevens of San Francisco, a two-time national time trial champion, won the women's invitational time trial by more than 2 seconds over Lauren Stephens of Dallas. Stevens finished in 14:12.

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