Huffman wins from breakaway in Stage 4 of Tour of California

Amgen Tour of California cyclists start Stage 4 on Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara Wednesday morning

"We are thrilled to once again be hosting this world-class event in Santa Clarita", Mayor Cameron Smyth said in a statement.

No need to think about that anymore.

Huffman, Rally Cycling team member Rob Britton and four other riders broke away from the peloton just more than a mile off the Santa Barbara beach and the start.

"I can't believe it", he said. "It's still so surreal", Huffman said after collapsing onto a patch of grass at the finish line. This year's race will include 16 star-studded teams, half of which are USA -based.

Reigning world champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia waited until the final seconds to make his move Tuesday in Stage 3 of the 12th Amgen Tour of California. It took 15 minutes, but the peloton finally reeled him in. "Nearly impossible. It was impossible". Second stage victor Rafal Majka retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. Slovakian racer Peter Sagan was the victor of the stage, a 120-mile course that started in Pismo Beach and wound through the streets of San Luis Obispo. 5 riders tried their luck in the early breakaway but it was never going to amount to much with the big sprint teams of Quickstep and Trek-Segafredo committed to the chase.

It was Huffman's first stage win in the 12th annual ATOC. He was part of the leading group until spending several miles alone in front, ultimately getting swept up with about five miles to go. He was ferried back to the field by Taylor Phinney and did not lose any time. Majka has two seconds on George Bennett and 14 seconds on Ian Boswell, while his top rivals Brent Bookwalter and Andrew Talansky are 48 seconds adrift. Bernie Eisel and Tyler Farrar were on duty and our 2 experienced heads were able to deliver Janse van Rensburg to a good position from where he could freelance to the line. I was maybe a bit too far back but I still managed to get onto the wheel of Sagan through the last corner.

Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished safely in the bunch in 19th place and holds on to his overall lead.

The Big Bear Lake Time Trial is known as an global, Tour de France-style bicycle road race featuring elite professional cycling teams from around the world.

"Today was a very hard day but I had a great team to support me and my teammate Peter", Majka said.

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