Phinney wins fifth stage of Tour of California 

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  • Joe Johnston/San Luis Obispo Tribune via AP
  • A breakaway group of cyclists ride through Nipomo on Thursday during Stage 5 of the Tour of California.
SANTA BARBARA — 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, 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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