A breakaway spoiled the party for Elia Viviani and other sprinters in the peloton on stage four of the Tour of California as Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) took the stage win.
The quintet stretched their lead to nearly 10 minutes until a number of teams picked up the pace at the front of the peloton with 40km left and the time gap started to dwindle.
Indeed, when Team Sky drove the pace up again with 7km to go, a sprint finish looked inevitable.
However, in windy conditions a number of teams saw their number split in the pursuit and despite a late push from Bora-Hansgrohe, Huffman was able to seal victory as the peloton loomed over his shoulder.
We will be looking for them to dig deep tomorrow as it’s going to be a tough stage
He told TeamSky.com: “With the tailwind it was a really tough stage and it was difficult to get riders into the break and then get the break back.
“We have Tao and Boswell still there on GC and we will be looking for them to dig deep tomorrow as it’s going to be a tough stage.”