Slovakian Peter Sagan won his fourth consecutive stage of the Tour of California in fourth stage, leaving Australian Heinrich Haussler runner-up for the fourth day in a row.
Sagan, a 22-year-old rider for the Liquigas team, on Wednesday stretched his overall lead to 16 seconds over Garmin rider Haussler with the victory in the 209.6km stage, winning with a time of 5hrs, 18mins, 8secs.
Sagan has an overall time of 19 hrs, 52 mins, 52 secs ahead of Thursday's fifth stage, a 29.7km time trial at Bakersfield.
The race continues through Sunday, with a pivotal day being Saturday's 186.3km mountain stage at Mount Baldy.
Source: AFP Global Edition