LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2014 (AFP) – Former Tour de France winner Bradley
Wiggins retained the Tour of California overall lead on Friday as Colombia’s
Esteban Chaves won the sixth stage from Santa Clarita to Mountain High.
Wiggins, who took the lead with a triumph in the second stage individual
time trial on Monday, finished fifth in the toughest stage of the race and
extended his overall lead to 30 seconds going into the final two stages this
Orica rider Chavez powered solo to win the 152-kilometer stage that ended
in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles in a time of 4 hours 9
minutes 13 seconds.
On a day when temperatures again soared into the upper 30s Celsius (near
100 Fahrenheit), the Colombian climber attacked from a small group in the last
five kilometers of the final ascent, putting some room between himself and
David de la Cruz of Spain and American Tom Danielson.
De la Cruz finished second, 13 seconds back, and Danielson was third, 41
Briton Adam Yates was fourth, 53 seconds back, with Wiggins fifth in the
“Surprisingly, I was pretty comfortable with four kilometers to go,”
Wiggins said. “Then the altitude kicked in.”
He had enough left, however, to hold off his nearest rival in the overall
classification, Australian Rohan Dennis.
Garmin’s Dennis finished seventh, 55 seconds off the lead to surrender two
seconds to Wiggins overall.
“We had Tommy D off the front, so we were watching what Sky was doing,”
“Hopefully, they were riding hard and they would just blow up like they did
on Diablo. But it wasn’t quite as steady an uphill, there was some downhill to
recover. When we got to the last kilometer I don’t think I’ve pedaled like
that for awhile.”
The race continues Saturday with a 143-kilometer stage from Santa Clarita
to Pasadena that features two significant climbs, with the final stretch all
The tour concludes on Sunday in Thousand Oaks, in rolling countryside west
of Los Angeles.
Results on Friday in the sixth stage of
the Tour of California, 152 km from Santa Clarita to Mountain High:
1. Esteban Chaves (COL/Orica) 4 hr 09min 13sec, 2. David de la Cruz (ESP)
at 13sec, 3. Tom Danielson (USA) at 41, 4. Adam Yates (GBR) at 53, 5. Bradley
Wiggins (GBR) same time
7. Rohan Dennis (AUS) at 55.
Overall standings after six of eight stages:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GBR/Sky) 22:03:42, 2. Rohan Dennis (AUS) at 30sec, 3.
Lawson Craddock (USA) at 1:48, 4. Tiago Machado (POR) at 2:02, 5. Adam Yates
(GBR) at 2:14.
Amgen Leader Jersey – Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Team Sky (GBR)
Wiggins has won the Amgen Leader Jersey five times since stage 1
Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey – Will Routley (CAN), Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
o Routley has won the Michelob Ultra King of the Mountain (KOM) Jersey every stage
· Visit California Sprint Jersey – Peter Sagan (SVK), Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA)
o Sagan has won the Visit California Sprint Jersey twice since stage 1
Crunchies Best Young Rider Jersey – Lawson Craddock (USA), Team Giant-Shimano (NED)
Lawson has won the Crunchies Best Young Rider Jersey five times since stage 1
· Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® Most Courageous Rider Jersey – Christopher Jones (USA), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
Stage 6 Men – Top 3
· FIRST – Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (COL), ORICA-GreenEDGE (AUS)
· SECOND – David De La Cruz Melgarejo (ESP), Team NetApp-Endura (GER)
· THIRD – Tom Danielson (USA), Team Garmin-Sharp (USA)