Mark Cavendish wins Tour of California opening stage

Mark Cavendish comes out on top in photo-finish with John Degenkolb in Sacramento - Strong winds cause splits in peloton during stage

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, Amgen Tour of California, Stage 1

(Image credit: Casey B. Gibson)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won the opening stage of the 2014 Tour of California in Sacramento on Sunday in a photo-finish sprint with John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano)

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) took third spot ahead of Peter Sagan (Cannondale) in fourth. Cavendish takes the early race lead.

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