Sagan wins 4th stage of Tour of California

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan surged in the short final uphill sprint on Wednesday to win the windy fourth stage of the Tour of California and close in on overall leader Tom Skujins of Latvia.

After finishing second in the first three stages, Sagan — the Tinkoff-Saxo rider who has four Tour de France stage victories — raced to his 12th career stage victory in the California event. He finished the 107.6-mile leg from Pismo Beach to Avila Beach in 4 hours, 6 minutes, 56 seconds. Skujins, the American Hincapie Sportswear rider who won the third stage, had a 22-second lead over Sagan after finishing in the main field. Sagan gained 10 bonus seconds for the stage win. Canada’s Rob Britton of SmartStop, remained third overall- 43 seconds back.