Georges wins stage, Zabriskie leads Tour of Calif

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BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Sylvain Georges of France pedaled to a long, solo win and Dave Zabriskie of Salt Lake City maintained his race lead Friday in the mountainous stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California.

Georges, 28, a second-year who rides for Ag2r-La Mondiale, claimed his fifth career win after pedaling alone in the lead for the final 30 miles en route to his title in 5 hours, 7 minutes and 6 seconds.

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan, who won the first four stages, finished second by 28 seconds in the stage that featured four climbs. Countryman Peter Velits finished third.

Zabriskie (Garmin-Barracuda) who took the race lead with a dominating individual time trial win in stage 5, finished 21st in the main field. He maintained a 34-second race lead over Tejay van Garderen (BMC) of Tacoma, Wash.