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Tour of California 2013

Date range:
May 12-19, 2013

May 14, Stage 3: Palmdale - Santa Clarita 177.7km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Peter Hymas
  1. 11:13:20 PDT

    Welcome to Cyclingnews' coverage of Stage 3 at the Amgen Tour of California. The peloton faces a 177.7km route from Palmdale to Santa Clarita and will roll off the start line at 11:20am PDT.

  2. 11:15:17 PDT

    After two days of blistering heat there's good news for the peloton as it's breezy and not too hot today at the start in Palmdale.

  3. 11:18:27 PDT

    There's now three minutes to the start of the stage. After a 2.4km neutral section, racing will commence!

  4. 11:20:45 PDT

    And the Tour of California peloton is now underway into the neutral section.

  5. 11:22:30 PDT

    With almost over 2,700m of climbing this could be classified as a mountain stage but the climbing is broken up and includes only one, long, sustained grade. However, after a long, difficult stage the day before, this is a day when just about anything could potentially happen.

  6. 11:23:33 PDT

    Starting in California�s high desert the route climbs up into the Los Padres National Forest This is perfect terrain for a small, dedicated breakaway as the climbing is not difficult enough to select only the strongest riders. The most sustained ascent is the 32km Lake Hughes Road but with only 518m of climbing along its distance, this will be a high-speed test and is very unlikely to force a selection.

  7. 11:24:31 PDT

    The 30km descent down Spunky Canyon and Bouquet Road is gradual and will allow the peloton to regroup. A field sprint looks to be a likely finale, but anything can happen out on the road...

  8. 11:25:52 PDT

    While both Palmdale and Santa Clarita are familiar hosts of the race, today's route is completely new on roads that the race has never travelled.

  9. 11:26:42 PDT

    Jens Voigt (RadioShack Leopard) has wasted no time today and has attacked the peloton at kilometer 0!

  10. 11:27:34 PDT

    While it's not as hot today, feeding is already open for the peloton, normally that takes place after approximately 30km have been covered.

  11. 11:27:58 PDT

    The employees of a nail salon are out on the sidewalk to see the crazy bike race go past. There are fans dotting the exit from Palmdale, each one huddling under the tiny trees that line the sidewalks.

  12. 11:28:37 PDT

    An Orica-GreenEdge rider has stopped for a wheel change. Not a good time for that as the peloton is roaring along at 40mph.

  13. 11:29:38 PDT

    Michael Schär (BMC) has a mechanical issue, as well as a rider from UnitedHealthcare.

  14. 11:30:13 PDT

    It appears that Jens Voigt has been caught by the peloton and the pace has been notched back to around 24mph now.

  15. 11:30:59 PDT

    And what's in store for the peloton during today's route? Firstly, there are four KOMs on offer for today, all rated category 4: Munz Ranch Rd (30.7km), Lake Hughes Rd. (86.1km), Lake Hughes Rd. (93.9km) and Bouquet Canyon Rd. (142.4km)

  16. 11:31:51 PDT

    Also, two intermediate sprints are on tap for today: Lake Hughes (118.9km) and Leona Valley (135.5km)

  17. 11:33:02 PDT

    Bert Grabsch has abandoned. That's a big loss for Omega Pharma-QuickStep, he's their work horse. Pieter Serry and Stijn Vandenbergh have already DNF'd for OPQS, so they're down to 5 riders now.

  18. 11:33:48 PDT

    There are attacks in the peloton. Nine riders in total have a gap, but they're split into two small groups.

  19. 11:37:09 PDT

    Speaking of Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), he was a victim of the extreme heat yesterday. The Belgian collapsed with approximately 300m remaining in the stage yesterday and the squad's directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters was still upset about it today.

    "Everyone is so concerned about doping, and the chaperones are all there to grab the riders for doping control, but nobody was there for Serry," he told Cyclingnews Laura Weislo today. "All I could think of was Tom Simpson. It was scary."

  20. 11:37:27 PDT

    It's very breezy on the way out of town, and the cross-tailwind will certainly help create gaps

  21. 11:37:52 PDT

    Field back together, 43mph single file on an arrow straight road with nothing but sand and scrubby brush.

  22. 11:39:03 PDT

    Mauro da Dalto (Cannondale) also didn't finish yesterday. Cannondale's Rory Mason told Cyclingnews that da Dalto is OK this morning but that he couldn't get to the finish yesterday. He went to the hospital and was treated for a couple hours for heat stroke but is fine now.

  23. 11:39:22 PDT

    If Serry and Da Dalto had chosen to, they could have started today. They had their biomechanical incidents inside the final 3km.

  24. 11:40:01 PDT

    The peloton will soon take a sharp left turn straight into the cross headwind. this could cause some splits.

  25. 11:40:27 PDT

    It's so windy that one rider took a little off-road foray, he's back in but the field is splitting. There are 24 riders in the front group.

  26. 11:41:44 PDT

    Vacansoleil-DCM is also down a rider, Tomasz Marczynski dropped out yesterday, as did Juan Jose Haedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman). Jamis-Hagens Berman is without their sprinter, and will focus solely on keeping Janier Acevedo in yellow.

  27. 11:42:11 PDT

    The field is once again all back together after turning into the wind.

  28. 11:44:33 PDT

    And speaking of race leader Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman), yesterday's stage victory and leader's jersey was quite a coup for the US-based Continental team.

    The WorldTour teams have had a monopoly on stage victories for the past several years and the last time a rider from a Continental squad scored a stage win was back in 2009 when Francisco Mancebo, then of Rock Racing, won stage 1 in Santa Rosa.

  29. 11:44:52 PDT

    There is a pair of genuine cowboys on the side of the road - full chaps and plaid shirts with 10 gallon hats...and horses of course!

  30. 11:45:30 PDT

    There are still a number of riders off the back having returned from punctures. Not sure what happened back in Palmdale, but they should be able to chase on now that there's a headwind.

  31. 11:46:35 PDT

    Robert Sweeting (5-hour Energy p/b Kenda) has a flat.

  32. 159.7km remaining from 177.7km

    11:47:41 PDT

    There are 23 riders with a 25 second gap. They're 18km into the stage.

  33. 11:49:25 PDT

    Here is the top 10 of general classification at the start of today's stage:

    1 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Jamis - Hagens Berman 9:39:19
    2 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:12
    3 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:00:27
    4 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:45
    5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:55
    6 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:01:03
    7 Chad Haga (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:01:13
    8 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:15
    9 Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 0:01:32
    10 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:40

  34. 11:50:03 PDT

    There is a group of about 20 riders chasing back on from flats or other incidents - so the peloton is in three pieces.

  35. 11:52:02 PDT

    Cyclingnews' Laura Weislo is traveling in the race caravan today: "There are tumbleweeds caught in the barbed wire fences. I feel like I'm in a spaghetti western," she says.

    Cue the Ennio Morricone soundtrack!

  36. 11:54:29 PDT

    While Janier Acevedo is resplendent in the leader's jersey, here are the other classification leaders. First, stage one winner Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) holds the sprinter's jersey.

  37. 11:54:59 PDT

    The peloton goes through a left turn, then another left, heading toward the first KOM. It's not much of a climb - pretty long and gradual so far.

  38. 11:55:36 PDT

    The break of 23 has a 35-second lead. We're waiting for IDs of those riders and will pass them along as soon as we get confirmation.

  39. 11:56:19 PDT

    The peloton passes a big beautiful house in the middle of nowhere. A good place to have a house if you don't want to see any neighbors for as far as the eye can see.

  40. 153.7km remaining from 177.7km

    11:57:17 PDT

    The gap isn't quite big enough for the team cars to get in behind the breakaway, which will be bad for them as they can't feed unless they get bottles from neutral support.

    Their lead is steadily growing, now at 45 seconds after 24km of racing.

  41. 11:59:27 PDT

    Another classification leader is Carter Jones (Bissell), who holds the mountains jersey. Could he possibly be on the attack to add to his lead? Here's more info on the Bissell rider.

  42. 12:01:10 PDT

    The leaders have passed the 5km to go marker for the day's opening KOM and lead the peloton by 50 seconds. The pace is at 20mph.

    Still awaiting information as to the composition of the lead group.

  43. 12:02:11 PDT

    The third group on the road, chasing the peloton, has its work cut out for them. They trail the peloton by 50 seconds.

  44. 12:04:29 PDT

    Will today be a day for the sprinters? We spoke to several of the peloton's fast men and the jury is out as to whether they'll have a chance to contest a field sprint finale.

  45. 12:09:28 PDT

    Here's a nearly complete list of the riders on the attack: Jens Voigt, Laurent Didier, Bob Jungels and Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard), Tyler Farrar and Jacob Rathe (Garmin-Sharp), Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Tejay van Garderen, Brent Bookwalter, Mathias Frank and Michael Schär (BMC), Baden Cooke, Cameron Meyer and Travis Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge), Peter Sagan and Guillaume Boivin (Cannondale), Michael Rogers and Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Team Saxo-Tinkoff), Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Vacansoleil-DCM), Christopher Baldwin and Carter Jones (Bissell) plus Alexander Candelario (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

  46. 12:10:25 PDT

    Quite a lot of WorldTour horsepower out front! They're nearly at the day's first KOM and the mountains leader Carter Jones is in the first group on the road.

  47. 12:11:36 PDT

    Jones is going for the day's first KOM, trying to extend his classification lead.

  48. 12:12:13 PDT

    After cresting the summit, the scenery is much more green on this side of the ridge - cottonwood trees and rolling hills dotted with chaparral.

  49. 12:12:54 PDT

    Francisco Mancebo (5-hour Energy p/b Kenda) is also in the large front group.

  50. 12:15:06 PDT

    Results of the day's first KOM:

    1Carter Jones (Bissell)4
    2Christopher Baldwin (Bissell)3
    3Francisco Mancebo Perez (5-hour Energy p/b Kenda)2
    4Michael Schär (BMC)

     

  51. 12:16:35 PDT

    The big, 23+ rider group was caught at the KOM line and there's been a re-shuffling at the front - a new attack has formed.

  52. 12:16:52 PDT

    The KOM isn't actually the end of the climbing. Up the road there is a steep little pitch and then they get a nice gradual descent.

  53. 12:17:18 PDT

    About six riders were on the attack, but they're about to be brought back into the peloton.

  54. 12:21:07 PDT

    Cyclingnews' Laura Weislo spoke to Vacansoleil-DCM before the stage today about Lieuwe Westra, who wore the leader's jersey during stage 2 but lost it to Janier Acevedo. Westra had flatted on the descent into Palm Springs but made it back to the peloton prior to the finishing climb. "His flat had no influence on his result. The team took responsibility but Lieuwe just wasn't good enough. He suffered from the heat and he couldn't go any deeper at this stage."

  55. 12:23:59 PDT

    And speak of the devil, Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) is on the attack along with Chad Beyer (Champion System) and Gavin Mannion (Bontrager). They're bombing a descent and hold a slight lead on the peloton.

  56. 12:24:37 PDT

    The wind is less severe and the trees are providing the riders some protection as well.

  57. 135.2km remaining from 177.7km

    12:32:43 PDT

    It seems that Andy Schleck is also in the escape with Westra, Beyer and Mannion. This looks to be the break of the day. Their lead is 2:30 with 142.5km covered.

  58. 12:34:50 PDT

    Guido Palma (Jamis-Hagens Berman) has abandoned leaving race leader Janier Acevedo with one less teammate.

  59. 12:38:15 PDT

    The four man break of Schleck, Westra, Beyer and Mannion are working well together and are gradually descending. We believe that the riders off the back of the peloton have all regained contact, so there's currently just the four-man break and the peloton out on the road.

  60. 12:41:38 PDT

    Laura Weislo spoke to Garmin-Sharp general manager Jonathan Vaughters about his team's plans for Tour of California, explaining that they don't really have a GC threat: "In an ideal world we would have Andrew Talansky here but last year he had such a nasty allergic reaction to the pollen that it put him out of racing for two months. His doctor advised against him coming back because the conditions were the same, we couldn't risk it again.

    "From here on out we will be stage hunting and will continue to race aggressively."

  61. 124.7km remaining from 177.7km

    12:44:46 PDT

    The four-man escape of Westra, Schleck, Beyer and Mannion now has a 4:30 lead over the peloton after 33 miles (53km) of racing.

  62. 12:46:47 PDT

    Since it looks like they'll be in it for the long haul, let's take a closer look at the men on the attack...

  63. 12:52:11 PDT

    Firstly, there's Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard) who seems to have found a good patch of form after going through a pretty dismal period. The 27-year-old Luxembourger spoke to Laura Weislo before the Tour of California started and stated that he's not counting himself as a GC favourite, but it must be a good morale booster to be out in a break after having so many races where he was struggling.

  64. 115km remaining from 177.7km

    12:58:44 PDT

    The four-man break is at mile 39 (62.7km) and has a lead of 4:15 on the peloton.

  65. 12:59:50 PDT

    Another of our escapees is Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), a 30-year-old Dutchman and the winner of the Tour of California's opening stage on Sunday. Victories have been few and far between for the Dutch WorldTour squad and his stage win was welcome news.

    Westra is a good man to have in a break as he's the current Dutch time trial champion and has a big engine. He has finished third overall this year at Volta ao Algarve and career highlights include second overall in the 2012 Paris-Nice along with a stage win, first overall at 2012 Danmark Rundt first at the 2011 Classic Loire Atlantique and first overall plus a stage win at the 2009 Tour de Picardie.

  66. 13:01:44 PDT

    Chad Beyer (Champion System) is the best-placed rider in the break on general classification, starting the day 5:07 back. With the current time gap to the break hovering in the low four-minute range he's not yet become virtual race leader on the road.

  67. 13:02:15 PDT

    Breakaway has been working pretty hard, they've been getting out of the saddle on the rises, and swapping pulls. Kim Andersen is in the RadioShack car looking pretty satisfied with his rider Schleck.

  68. 13:03:03 PDT

    The road has opened up into civilization from absolute desolation and there are lots of fans out in Santa Clarita.

  69. 13:05:03 PDT

    There's 5km to the feed zone for the leaders. It's still a hot day - 91 degrees F is better than 111, but it's still pretty nasty.

  70. 13:08:45 PDT

    The extreme heat was the theme of the day yesterday. Read more about the brutal conditions, capped off by a climb to the finish.

  71. 13:09:25 PDT

    The breakaway has arrived at the feed. zone.

  72. 13:15:24 PDT

    The break is in the industrial center of Santa Clarita, lots of big office buildings. The breakaway is on a service road parallel to the highway (Interstate 5) and now crossing over it on a bridge.

  73. 13:16:11 PDT

    The break just passed some sort of detention center, and there were about a dozen guys in orange jump suits out on the road, looked after by armed guards.

  74. 13:17:21 PDT

    The Tour of California peloton is on the second fastest schedule today, as opposed to the previous stages where they've been slow. 91 degrees F must feel refreshing to them today!

  75. 13:22:42 PDT

    The third member of today's break is Chad Beyer, a 26-year-old American on the Champion System Pro Cycling Team - the first Asian-based UCI Pro Continental squad. He's in his fifth year as a professional having spent 2012 at Competitive Cyclist and three years prior to that with the BMC Racing Team. His career highlights include the KOM title and 2nd overall at the 2012 Tour of the Gila plus the sprint title at the 2009 Tour de Romandie. He has a Grand Tour in his palmares, as he finished the 2011 Giro d'Italia. According to his team bio, he prefers stage races and hilly one-day events so he's at home here in California.

  76. 13:23:45 PDT

    There's a strong tailwind for the break and they're rolling along at 27mph. The field is at mile 47.8 (76.9km).

  77. 13:25:10 PDT

    The day's second KOM is approaching at km 86.1 on Lake Hughes Road. The break is beginning to climb.

  78. 13:25:41 PDT

    The break has passed Castaic Lake recreation area. It's a very odd little lake in the midst of the dry, barren landscape.

  79. 13:26:24 PDT

    The four escapees are now heading by the Canyon Crosswinds Flying Site - not sure what that is, model planes or gliders, but it's an indication that this place sees a lot of windy days like today.

  80. 13:27:09 PDT

    The riders are facing some really broken up tarmac, with lots of sand on the road side.

  81. 13:27:53 PDT

    The climb is a bit longer and steeper than the first one, but it's still classified as category 4.

  82. 13:31:30 PDT

    It's now 93 degrees outside and the climb is still going on. Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard) is bobbing up and down, out of the saddle.

  83. 92.6km remaining from 177.7km

    13:32:16 PDT

    The break now has ridden 85.1km an has 1km until the next KOM

  84. 13:33:36 PDT

    The break's lead remains pegged at 4:10 and as a reminder the four leaders include Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), Chad Beyer (Champion System) and Gavin Mannion (Bontrager).

  85. 13:34:18 PDT

    The Lake Hills Community Church is up here, they have a nice view! There are lots of cyclists at the KOM to cheer on the break and peloton.

  86. 13:35:07 PDT

    Tom Zirbel (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) has abandoned.

  87. 13:41:08 PDT

    Here are results of the day's second KOM, the category 4 Lake Hughes Rd. at 86.1km:

    1Chad Beyer (Champion System)4
    2Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard)3
    3Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM)2
    4Gavin Mannion (Bontrager)1

  88. 13:41:57 PDT

    The break's lead has moved back up to 4:45 and they're climbing again to the next KOM also on Lake Hughes Rd. at 93.9km

  89. 13:48:07 PDT

    The fourth and final rider in the break is 21-year-old American Gavin Mannion of the UCI Continental Bontrager Cycling Team. He's been a professional for three years, all within the Axel Merckx-directed development squad. This is his second year at the Tour of California and in his 2012 season he also completed the triumvirate of the three highest-rated American stage races which also includes the Tour of Utah plus Colorado's USA Cycling Challenge.

    Career highlights include a 3rd place finish at the 2012 US U23 road championships, 6th overall at the 2013 Tour of the Gila, plus a 15th place result at the 2013 U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

    Currently his teammate Lawson Craddock holds the best young rider classification. The Bontrager team dominates the category with five riders in the top seven overall. Mannion started the day in 6th overall on the young riders classification.

  90. 13:51:28 PDT

    Results for KOM #3 at km 93.9:

    1Chad Beyer (Champion System)4
    2Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard)3
    3Gavin Mannion (Bontrager)2
    4Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM)1

  91. 13:54:17 PDT

    The break's lead has dropped to 3:45 as it makes its way down a fast, technical descent off the third KOM.

    The riders have approximately 82km to go and the break is well within striking distance of the peloton. Will today be a day for Peter Sagan (Cannondale) to add a 9th Tour of California victory to his palmares?

  92. 13:57:04 PDT

    With 8 Tour of California stage wins already, Peter Sagan leads the list of most career stage victories for the race.

  93. 13:58:48 PDT

    Only four other riders currently in the peloton have claimed Tour of California stage wins: David Zabriskie (Garmin-Sharp)-3; Francisco Mancebo (5-hour Energy p/b Kenda)-1; Jens Voigt (RadioShack Leopard)-1; and Thor Hushovd (BMC)-1

  94. 14:02:51 PDT

    The gap to the break is now below three minutes as the riders are now on a long, steady climb. Matthew Busche (RadioShack Leopard) has had a rear flat while it's reported that world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) needed to change into new socks.

  95. 72.5km remaining from 177.7km

    14:03:59 PDT

    The four leaders have 72.5km to the finish and their lead is now at 3:20.

  96. 14:06:14 PDT

    The peloton is stretched out on the winding Lake Hughes Rd. with Cannondale and Garmin-Sharp setting the tempo in the field.

  97. 69.5km remaining from 177.7km

    14:09:56 PDT

    All four riders in the break, Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), Chad Beyer (Champion System) and Gavin Mannion (Bontrager), are sharing the pace-making.

  98. 14:11:28 PDT

    Westra is resplendent in the green sprinter's jersey. He has 15 points in total, three more than Francisco Mancebo (5-hour Energy p/b Kenda) and five more than Peter Sagan (Cannondale).

  99. 14:15:33 PDT

    Race leader Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) is the only Colombian at the Tour of California. 2013 has been a strong season for Colombian riders with several of his compatriots, such as Sergio Henao, Rigoberto Uran, and Carlos Betancur, having solid results at the ongoing Giro d'Italia.

  100. 14:17:01 PDT

    Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) is currently near the front of the peloton, tucked in at 7th position with several of his teammates in front of him.

  101. 66km remaining from 177.7km

    14:17:34 PDT

    With 66km to go the four-man break's lead is at 3:00.

  102. 14:18:59 PDT

    Thor Hushovd (BMC) has dropped back the team car.

  103. 14:19:38 PDT

    Jamis-Hagens Bergman now has two riders setting tempo at the head of the field, with Cannondale and Garmin-Sharp riders right behind them.

  104. 14:22:31 PDT

    The break has less than 6km to go to the day's first sprint line at the 118.9km mark. Expect to see classification leader Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) vie for top honors.

  105. 14:25:19 PDT

    The Bontrager team car has pulled up to the break to speak with Gavin Mannion.

  106. 14:26:23 PDT

    Mannion is handed a fresh bottle at the conclusion of his chat and proceeds to take his turn at the head of the break.

  107. 14:27:31 PDT

    A Vacansoleil-DCM rider has now slipped into the rotation at the front of the peloton to help out Jamis-Hagens Berman, Garmin-Sharp and Cannondale.

  108. 14:28:29 PDT

    The break has turned right onto Elizabeth Lake Rd. and they have less than 1km to go to the first sprint line of the stage.

  109. 58.6km remaining from 177.7km

    14:30:38 PDT

    Westra rotates to the front of the break and crosses the line first to get maximum points. Chad Beyer gets second, followed by Andy Schleck in third.

  110. 14:36:12 PDT

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep has contributed a rider to the chase at the head of the peloton. Could today be a day for Gianni Meersman? The Belgian has four victories so far this season, two at the Volta a Catalunya and two at the Tour de Romandie. He's got a good turn of speed and can win field sprints on days when the pure sprinters can't survive the hills.

  111. 53km remaining from 177.7km

    14:36:58 PDT

    The break has 53km to go and their lead has dropped inside three minutes to 2:45. Jens Voigt is distributing bottles to his teammates in the peloton.

  112. 14:38:32 PDT

    Andy Schleck's got a smile on his face as he taps out the tempo in the break.

  113. 14:39:18 PDT

    World champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is rolling along in the peloton, having swapped out his socks for a fresh pair.

  114. 14:40:25 PDT

    The rangy figure of Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp) is at the back of the peloton, signalling for his team car so he can load up on water bottles.

  115. 14:42:17 PDT

    The break has 7km to go to the second sprint line of the day at Leona Valley with 42km remaining to the finish.

  116. 47.5km remaining from 177.7km

    14:45:43 PDT

    The break has 47.5km to go and their lead has increased slightly to 3:05. Stilll plenty of time for the peloton to reel them in...

  117. 14:51:19 PDT

    Once again Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) has taken top points at the second and final intermediate sprint. He was followed across the line by Chad Gavin Mannion then Chad Beyer

  118. 14:52:54 PDT

    Francisco Mancebo (5-hour Energy p/b Kenda) has had some difficulties, flatting once and then soon after needing a second wheel change. Teammate James Stemper is with Mancebo to help pace the Spaniard back to the peloton.

  119. 39.5km remaining from 177.7km

    14:53:48 PDT

    Inside of 40km to go and the four leaders now have a lead of 2:35 on the peloton.

  120. 14:55:12 PDT

    The break has turned right onto Bouquet Canyon Rd and has about 5km to go to the day's fourth and final KOM, another category 4-rated climb.

  121. 14:56:15 PDT

    Around the time that Mancebo flatted, Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) also punctured.

  122. 14:57:09 PDT

    Mancebo now has two teammates pacing him in the convoy as they leap frog from car to car to the back of the peloton.

  123. 14:58:13 PDT

    Francisco Mancebo (5-hour Energy p/b Kenda) has regained contact with the peloton and proceeds to immediately move to the front of the action.

  124. 15:01:02 PDT

    World champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) has loaded up with bottles and heads back to the peloton to pass them out to his teammates. Not something you see every day.

  125. 15:05:22 PDT

    Cyclingnews' Pat Malach spoke with Bissell Pro Cycling directeur sportif Omer Kem and he said that the plan for the day was for mountains leader Carter Jones to go for the first KOM points on offer, and then be conservative for the rest of the stage. Bissell's Phil Gaimon has been dropped and the team thinks he may have a stomach bug.

  126. 15:05:58 PDT

    Andy Schleck took maximum points at the day's final KOM, with Beyer second, Mannion third and Westra fourth.

  127. 34km remaining from 177.7km

    15:06:34 PDT

    It's now downhill to the finish and with 34km to go the break's lead has dropped to 2:05.

  128. 15:07:50 PDT

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep, Cannondale and Garmin-Sharp all have multiple riders at the front of the peloton leading the pursuit of the break.

  129. 30km remaining from 177.7km

    15:10:03 PDT

    When will the catch be made? Our four leaders Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), Chad Beyer (Champion System) and Gavin Mannion (Bontrager) now have a 1:45 lead with 30km to go.

  130. 15:12:20 PDT

    The riders in the break as all getting last-minute instructions plus sustenance from their various team cars.

  131. 15:13:03 PDT

    And the first casualty of the break is Gavin Mannion (Bontrager), who's slipped off the back with 28km to go.

  132. 27km remaining from 177.7km

    15:15:23 PDT

    The remaining three riders in the break, Scleck, Westra and Beyer, are pressing on, still sharing the pace-making duties equally. Their lead is now 1:25 with 27km to go.

  133. 15:17:13 PDT

    The peloton continues along the winding descent with Omega Pharma-QuickStep, Cannondale and Garmin-Sharp massed at the front in pursuit of the break.

  134. 15:18:14 PDT

    Gavin Mannion (Bontrager) has been swept up by the peloton.

  135. 23km remaining from 177.7km

    15:20:10 PDT

    With 23km remaining the lead trio of Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), Chad Beyer (Champion System) see the timing board relate a 1:00 advantage.

  136. 15:21:21 PDT

    Schleck taking a long turn at the front but it's hard holding off a hard-charging peloton. The break's lead continues to plummet, now at 45 seconds.

  137. 18km remaining from 177.7km

    15:25:02 PDT

    The break momentarily sat up and were chatting about what to do, and now Chad Beyer has gone off on his own.

  138. 15:25:26 PDT

    Chad Beyer has a 25-second lead with 17km to go.

  139. 15:26:17 PDT

    With 16.5km to go Schleck and Westra have been caught by the peloton. Only Chad Beyer (Champion System) remains from the early break.

  140. 15:26:51 PDT

    Chad Beyer is out of the saddle, pushing onwards with 15.5km to go.

  141. 15:27:23 PDT

    The peloton now can see Beyer and his lead is only a handful of seconds.

  142. 15:28:46 PDT

    Beyer looks back and sees the peloton wall-to-wall across the road only seconds behind.

  143. 13.5km remaining from 177.7km

    15:30:20 PDT

    With 13.5km to go Beyer has been caught and it's now time for the teams of the sprinters to set up for the finale.

  144. 15:31:28 PDT

    Garmin-Sharp currently setting tempo at the head of the race, followed by Cannondale, Omega Pharma-QuickStep and UnitedHealthcare.

  145. 10km remaining from 177.7km

    15:34:44 PDT

    The peloton rolling along at a steady tempo with 10km remaining.

  146. 15:36:08 PDT

    Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is making his way to the pointy end of the peloton...

  147. 15:37:37 PDT

    Sagan won the field sprint on the opening stage, but it was for third place behind late-race escapees Lieuwe Westra and Francisco Mancebo. Today he'll be looking to earn his first victory of this year's Tour of California.

  148. 6.5km remaining from 177.7km

    15:38:31 PDT

    Garmin-Sharp, Cannondale, UnitedHealthcare and Omega Pharma-QuickStep rotating at the front of the peloton.

  149. 15:39:06 PDT

    Lead-out men are beginning to peak over their shoulders in search of their sprinters...

  150. 5.5km remaining from 177.7km

    15:39:35 PDT

    And we have an attack from a RadioShack Leopard rider.

  151. 15:40:05 PDT

    It's Markel Irizar (RadioShack Leopard) and his lead is only a second or two.

  152. 15:40:26 PDT

    Irizar is brought back with 4.4km to go.

  153. 15:40:56 PDT

    Cannondale's lead-out on the front on the right side of the road.

  154. 15:41:35 PDT

    Optum is up there, too, along with UnitedHealthcare and Garmin-Sharp

  155. 3km remaining from 177.7km

    15:42:06 PDT

    The peloton has 3km to go and Saxo-Tinkoff is now on the front.

  156. 15:42:35 PDT

    Cannondale is tucked in behind Saxo-Tinkoff

  157. 15:43:00 PDT

    The fight is on for the prized wheel of Peter Sagan.

  158. 15:43:32 PDT

    A Bontrager rider has crashed and is slow to get up - Ryan Eastman.

  159. 15:43:57 PDT

    Peloton inside of 2km to go and is getting stretched out with Saxo-Tinkoff still on the front.

  160. 15:44:15 PDT

    A bunching now at the front...

  161. 15:44:25 PDT

    BMC is now at the front.

  162. 15:44:49 PDT

    The peloton is under the 1km to go arch.

  163. 15:45:04 PDT

    UnitedHealthcare on the front

  164. 15:45:21 PDT

    Sprint winding up from 500m out...

  165. 15:45:35 PDT

    Orica GreenEdge leads out...

  166. 15:45:54 PDT

    And Peter Sagan (Cannondale) wins!

  167. 15:48:26 PDT

    Orica-GreenEdge thought they had it won, but Sagan came around in the final meters.

  168. 15:49:43 PDT

    Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) finished second, followed by Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) in third.

  169. 15:50:49 PDT

    Top five rounded out by Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Boy van Poppel (Vacansoleil-DCM)

  170. 15:52:39 PDT

    Top of general classification remains unchanged with Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) keeping the leader's jersey followed by Tejay van Garderen (BMC) at 12 seconds and Phil Deignan (UnitedHealthcare) at 27 seconds.

  171. 16:01:55 PDT

    Provisional top 10 for stage 3:

    1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
    2Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
    3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
    4Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
    5Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    6Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
    7Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
    8Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
    9Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura
    10Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff

  172. 16:03:55 PDT

    Provisional GC after stage 3:

    1Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Jamis-Hagens Berman13:59:50
    2Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:12
    3Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:27
    4Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:55
    5Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:01:03
    6Chad Haga (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:13
    7Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:01:15
    8Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team0:01:32
    9Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:40
    10Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:01:56

  173. 16:06:39 PDT

    Thank you for tuning in to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 3. We'll be back tomorrow for stage 4 and will commence live coverage at 12:35pm PDT when the peloton rolls off the start line in Santa Clarita.