Best Young Rider Peter Sagan out sprinted Rogers and Zabriskie to in Stage 5
Stage 5 Results
1 Peter Sagan Liquigas
2 Michael Rogers HTC-Columbia
3 David Zabriskie Garmin-Transisitons
4 Chris Horner Radioshack
5 Paul Martins Rabobank
6 Tony Martin HTC-Columbia
7 Levi Leipheimer Radioshack
8 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin-Transitions
9 Jens Voigt Saxo Bank
10 Rory Sutherland UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis
Overall Classification after Stage 5
1. Michael Rogers HTC-Columbia 22:56:59
2. David Zabriskie Garmin-Transitions
3. Levi Leipheimer Radioshack - 0:00:10
4. Peter Sagan Liquigas - 0:00:15
5. Marc De Maar UnitedHealthcare presented by Maxxis- 0:00:28
6. Ryder Hesjedal Garmin-Transitions 0:00:31
7. Janez Brajkovic Team Radioshack
8. Rory Sutherland Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis
9. Christopher Horner Team Radioshack
10. Thomas Danielson Garmin-Transitions
11. Peter Stetina Garmin-Transitions
Armstrong crashed, tried to get back into the race, but had to pull out.
Fans came out to support Lance
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"Slovak Sagan's success continues in California
By Laura Weislo
Rogers' second place grabs overall lead
He may be just 20-years of age but Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) showed why he has such a bright future ahead after securing a Amgen Tour of California stage victory as a neo-professional in the central valley town of Bakersfield. The Liquigas-Doimo rider powered away on the uphill sprint ahead of Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) and race leader David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions).
"I am happy because when you win you are always happy," said Sagan, who has been hinting at a stage win the entire Tour, coming second in Santa Rosa and winning the sprint from the chasing group in Santa Cruz. "This one was really hard."
Sagan now sits just 15 seconds behind the overall lead, but played down his chances to take home the Tour title on Sunday. "There are some hard stages for the overall classification - I will give it everything I can before the time trial," he said, noting that the time trial may be a bit long for his capabilities." Read more from CyclingNews.com...
"Sagan wins 5th stage of California cycling tour
BAKERSFIELD, California - Young Slovakian Peter Sagan won the fifth stage of the Tour of California ahead of Australian Michael Rogers, who seized the overall leader's yellow jersey from American David Zabriskie.
The stage was marked by a crash involving American Lance Armstrong, who was forced to withdraw from the race.
Armstrong received a cut under his left eye that required eight stitches and suffered a severely bruised left elbow, his RadioShack team said.
Sagan, the 20-year-old Liquigas rider, triumphed in a sprint after a six-man breakaway fell apart and was reeled in on the finishing circuits of the 195.5km stage in Bakersfield.
Zabriskie led out the sprint after three punishing trips up the short China Grade climb. Sagan and Rogers were both on his wheel and Sagan surged past him for the stage win.
Rogers crossed the line second and claimed the yellow jersey courtesy of a time bonus from earlier in the stage.
Seven-time Tour de France champion Armstrong was the talk of the day even before the stage began, as disgraced US cyclist Floyd Landis levied new accusations of doping against his former teammate." Read more from the AFP...
"Michael Rogers takes the lead as Peter Sagan wins stage 5 of the Amgen Tour
by Patrick O'Grady
Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) won stage 5 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California in a spectacular sprint among the GC hopefuls after a six-man breakaway disintegrated and was retrieved on the finishing circuits in Bakersfield.
It was race leader David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) who led out the sprint after three punishing trips up the short, steep climb of China Grade, but he started too soon - Sagan was on his wheel, as was Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia).
And the outcome was a double loss for Zabriskie. He saw Sagan easily overpower him for the stage victory, while Rogers crossed the line second to strip him of the overall lead, thanks to a time bonus he had grabbed earlier in the stage." Read more from VeloNews.com...
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