Evan Huffman hopped off his bicycle and sprawled across a patch of grass on the side of the road.
The American cyclist from Elk Grove, Calif., felt nothing but pain.
Seconds earlier, Huffman sprinted across the finish line in Santa Clarita to win Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California. Wednesday’s 99-mile stretch started in Santa Barbara and featured a breakaway of five riders, including Huffman, for most of the race.
The stage victory was the first for Huffman at the Tour of California after the 27-year-old narrowly missed the top podium spot at the Santa Clarita finish last year.
“It’s incredible,” Huffman said. “Last year was a really awesome race for me here...