Cyclists in Amgen Tour of California. Photo by Frank Schulenburg via Wikimedia Commons
Cyclists in Amgen Tour of California. Photo by Frank Schulenburg via Wikimedia Commons

Ben King passed fellow American Evan Huffman in the final meters to win the lone stage of cycling’s Tour of California in Los Angeles County.

King and Huffman both completed the 92.3-mile stage from South Pasadena to Santa Clarita in three hours, 52 minutes, nine seconds. Alexander Kristoff of Norway was third in 3:52:17, the same time as fourth-place finisher Peter Sagan of Slovakia, the race’s defending champion and winner of Sunday’s opening stage of the eight-stage, 792-mile race.

King is the first American to win a stage of the Tour of California since Taylor Phinney won Stage 5 in the 2014 race.

The stage was filled with long gradual climbs, including on the Angeles Crest (2) Highway and Big Tujunga and Little Tujunga canyons in the Angeles National Forest.

The stage win gave King the overall lead, eight seconds ahead of Huffman, with Sagan in third, 14 seconds behind the leader.

The cyclists will race 104.1 miles from Thousand Oaks to Santa Barbara on Tuesday. The race will conclude Sunday in Sacramento.

—Staff and wire reports

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