Cycling - Wiggins keeps California lead as Phinney takes stage five

American Taylor Phinney raced to a stage five victory on the Tour of California but Britain's Bradley Wiggins retained the overall race lead for the fourth successive day.

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Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky returns to his team car after signing in for stage five of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara (AFP)

Phinney enjoyed a 12-second win over runner-up Slovakian Peter Sagan after completing the 173 kilometres from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara in three hours, 59 minutes and 33 seconds. Australia's Matthew Goss finished third.

With just three days of racing remaining, Wiggins is showing no signs of ceding control.

The 2012 Tour de France champion, Wiggins took his initial lead following stage two and holds a 28-second advantage over Australia's Rohan Dennis.

The tour continues Friday with the 152-km sixth stage from Santa Clarita to Mountain High. 

Stage result

1 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 3:59:33

2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:12

3 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge

4 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing

5 Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team

6 Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano

7 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano

8 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team

9 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura

10 Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp-Endura

GC Standings

1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky 17:53:36

2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp 0:00:28

3 Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:09

4 Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:25

5 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:02:14

6 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:02:28

7 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:29

8 Carter Jones (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:02:31

9 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:33

10 Javier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp 0:02:34

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