Taylor Phinney wins Tour of California stage in 100-degree heat

Tour of California: Taylor Phinney wins 100-plus-mile fifth stage in scorching heat

American Taylor Phinney raced to a 12-second victory Thursday in 100-degree heat in the fifth stage of the Tour of California, and Britain's Bradley Wiggins retained the overall lead.

Phinney, riding for BMC, escaped from the front group with 19 miles left and completed the 107.4-mile stage from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara in 3 hours 59 minutes and 33 seconds for his seventh career pro win.

Wiggins, the Sky rider who won the 2012 Tour de France, took the race lead after winning the second stage. He finished in the field Thursday to keep a 28-second margin over Australia's Rohan Dennis of Garmin-Sharp.

Portugal's Tiago Machado of NetApp-Endura, was third overall — 1:09 back.

Slovakia's Peter Sagan of Cannondale was second in the stage, and Australia's Matthew Goss of Orica GreenEdge was third in the same time.

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