Tour of California: Jens Voigt wins stage five; Tejay van Garderen leads the way

Last Updated: 17/05/13 11:53am

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Jens Voigt: Won Stage Five in California

Jens Voigt: Won Stage Five in California

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Germany's Jens Voigt timed his ride to perfection to win Stage Five of the Tour of California.

RadioShack rider Voigt, 41, finished narrowly ahead of Stage Four winner Tyler Farrar and third-placed Thor Hushovd (BMC) in the 185.7 kilometre fifth stage from Santa Barbara to Avila Beach.

BMC's Tejay van Garderen holds the overall lead, though, as the American finished with the same time as Farrar.

Voigt launched his attack late in the race, timing his surge perfectly with five kilometres to go. He finished with a time of four hours, 41 minutes, 16 seconds.

"I thought, 'I'm a little bit stronger than the other guys in the break, but of course, less fast,'" said Voigt. "I said, 'now or never, now or never. Everybody's hurting now.' And it worked. It worked once again."

The Tour of California continues on Friday with an individual time trial in San Jose.

For the first time, the Tour is taking riders on a route from the southern part of the state northward. After starting at Escondido near San Diego, they'll finish on Sunday in Santa Rosa, near San Francisco.

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