World champ Sagan wins Stage 3 of Tour of California

Faith Castro
May 18, 2017

"We'll see how my condition is after these four days".

Yet his mind couldn't help but wander.

The 27-year-old Huffman won the 159.5-kilometre stage from the breakaway by finishing ahead of Canadian team-mate Rob Britton and Dutchman Lennard Hofstede.

"There are not many elements in the file, the evidence is thin, and if the case were to be referred to the criminal court, we will represent ourselves with serenity", Vinokourov's lawyer said.

No need to think about that anymore.

"I can't believe it", he said.

This year is the eighth time in the race's 12-year history Santa Barbara has been a host city for a stage, according to the Amgen Tour of California. Their advantage reached nine minutes before the peloton finally began giving serious chase, and by that point it was too late. "And the time trial is (15 miles) and it's going to take some time". "Nearly impossible. It was impossible".

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He remains two seconds ahead of New Zealander George Bennett and 14 seconds ahead of American Ian Boswell.

The big question is how the top contenders will respond from a tough day in the saddle.

The stage started in Pismo Beach and it wasn't long before there was a breakaway. He was part of the leading group until spending several miles alone in front, ultimately getting swept up with about five miles to go.

Katusha-Alpecin was the first team to line up for Alexander Kristoff, and Trek-Segafredo tucked in to get their fast-finisher John Degenkolb to the line.

"It was really back and forth", Huffman said, when asked whether he thought the break would stay away.

Poland's Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished stage 3 in a time of 12:22:43 to retain the yellow jersey after winning stage 2 in a thrilling finish Monday in San Jose.

"I had a great team supporting me today and I hope to have a great day tomorrow, and hope to keep the jersey", Majka said.

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