Cycling - Unheralded Latvian Skujins wins third stage of Tour of California

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 12: Toms Skujins of Latvia riding for Hincapie Racing Team celebrates as he approaches the finish line to win stage three of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California on May 12, 2015 in San Jose, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Harry How)

- Tom Skujins overcame a minor crash and a strong uphill headwind on the final climb of the day en route to winning the third stage of the Tour of California on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Latvian (Hincapie Racing) earned the biggest win of his career over the 170 kilometre stage around San Jose and will now pull on the yellow leader's jersey for Wednesday's fourth stage. "The last half-hour was pure pain," Skujins said. Skujins' stunning solo win Tuesday means he now leads the overall by 32 seconds ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) who recorded his third consecutive second-place stage finish. Canada's Rob Britton (Team SmartStop) is 11 seconds back of Sagan in third. Mark Cavendish saw his overall lead disappear as he finished several minutes adrift of Skujins.

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