Tom Skujins of Cannondale won the Tour of California’s stage 5 in a three-man sprint against Rally Cycling’s Adam de Vos and Team sky’s Xabier Zandio.
Skujins started for the line during the uphill sprint and held on, maintaining his first position. Vos and 39-year-old Zandio finished at the second and third positions, respectively. All the three were the survivors of the early break and held on to vie for the sprint.
In the overall race, Julian Alaphilippe of Etixx Quickstep finished in the main field to keep his leader’s jersey prior to the stage 6. The top 10 contestants remained largely the same, with Peter Stetina and George Bennett at the second place at 22 seconds and third place at 37 seconds, respectively.
Best young rider Neilson Powless of Axeon Hagens Berman was the only contestant who lost time, dropping from fifth to sixth position after giving up twenty seconds in the finale. Skujins, 24, pointed out that he last year also started in Lodi.
Talking to reporters and photographers, he joked, “Two wins and two wins from Lodi, coincidence? We’ll have to start a stage next year from Lodi so I can come back.”
Jasper Stuyven of Trek-Segafredo threatened to spoil the trio’s lead with a late race surge that brought him very close to them, but the leading rider poured on enough power to hold off the Kuurne-Brussells-Kuurne winner.
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