Peter Sagan wins Tour of California time trial; takes overall lead

Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan took victory in the 10.6km time trial by 15 seconds, moving him into the leader's yellow jersey

Peter Sagan on the podium at the Tour of California (Photo: Graham Watson)
(Image credit: Watson)

Peter Sagan took control of the Tour of California with a storming victory in the stage six time trial at Big Bear Lake.

The Slovakian took the top spot on the podium by a full 15 seconds ahead of LottoNL-Jumbo’s Jos van Emden on the 10.6km stage, with Etixx-Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe continuing his remarkable run of form with a third place.

Sagan’s win moves him to the top of the overall classification, 28 seconds up on former leader Toms Skujins; Alaphilippe sits in third place, 45 seconds behind Sagan.

Sergio Henao was Team Sky’s leading rider on the stage, crossing the line with the seventh best time, moving him up to fifth place, with the Colombian needing to make up 55 seconds on Sagan on Saturday’s mountain stage to have a chance at the win.

Twenty-year-old Brit Tao Geoghegan Hart claimed the 17th best time in Big Bear, leaving him in fourth place in the Young Rider classification.

Tour of California, stage six: Big Bear (10.6km)

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo, 12:31

2. Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 15s

3. Julian Alaphillipe (Fra) Etixx-Quick-Step, at 19s

4. Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC, at 20s

5. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo, at 22s

6. Tom Zirbel (USA) Optum P, at 26s

7. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky, st

8. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo, at 27s

9. Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, st

10. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC, at 28s

General Classification

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo, 22:15:23

2. Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing, at 28s

3. Julian Alaphillipe (Fra) Etixx-Quick-Step, at 45s

4. Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC, at 49s

5. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky, at 55s

6. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo, at 56s

7. Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, st

8. Ben King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin, at 58s

9. Dion Smith (Nzl) Hincapie Racing, at 1:03

10. Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Trek Factory Racing, at 1:04

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Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.