Taylor Phinney takes solo win on Tour of California stage five

Late attack nets Taylor Phinney the stage victory in Santa Barbara and Bradley WIggins maintains overall lead

Taylor Phinney wins Tour of California 2014 stage five

Taylor Phinney wins Tour of California 2014 stage five

(Image credit: Casey B. Gibson)

Taylor Phinney (BMC) claimed the fifth stage of the Tour of California on Thursday after a late attack off the top of the day's final climb saw him cross the line solo in Santa Barbara ahead of the peloton.

Phinney attacked on the descent of San Marcos Pass in sweltering temperatures, building up clear air between himself and the chasing bunch. By the finish, Phinney was still 12 seconds ahead and raised his arms skyward in celebration.

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