Ivan Garcia gets first professional victory in Tour of California stage 5


Ivan Cortina sprinted to victory in the fifth stage of the Tour of California on Thursday as American Tejay van Garderen retained the race leader’s yellow jersey.

The Bahrain-Merida rider claimed the first professional win of his career after holding off the challenge of Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Sergio Higuita (EF Education First).

Cortina took advantage of the absence of the race’s strongest sprinters to claim the win, with riders such as Peter Sagan falling away from the peloton after being dropped in the final climb of the day.

Van Garderen, who has led the overall standings since the second stage, had a comfortable ride, unlike Wednesday’s calamitous fourth stage, when he crashed after suffering a broken chain.

He initially lost his overall lead before being reinstated after a controversial decision by the race jury.

Van Garderen leads the field by four seconds from Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step).

Friday’s sixth and penultimate stage sees the peloton face a gruelling finish on the slopes of Mount Baldy, the 1,942m peak in the San Gabriel Mountains outside of Los Angeles.

Tour of California 2019 – stage 5 results (Pismo Beach – Ventura):

1Ivan Garcia (Bahrain-Merida)


2Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


3Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


4Joris Nieuwenhuis (Team Sunweb)


5Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


6Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Pawel Bernas (CCC)


8Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)


9Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


10Hugo Houle (Astana)



Tour of California 2019 – general classification after stage 5:

1Tejay Van Garderen (EF Education First)


2Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


3Gianni Moscon (Team Ineos)


4Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


5Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


6Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


7Jonas Gregaard (Astana)


8George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)


9Felix GroƟschartner (Bora-hansgrohe)


10Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)



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