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Dutchman Robert Gesink wins Tour of California


Robert Gesink, of the Netherlands, competes in the final stage of the Tour of California cycling race, Sunday, May 20, 2012, in Los Angeles. Gesink won the race. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

LOS ANGLES — Eight months after break his leg in a training accident, Dutchman Robert Gesink sealed his overall race title Sunday with a main field finish in the eighth stage of the Amgen Tour of California.

Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the final leg. The 22-year-old Sagan claimed the 42.6-mile road race from Beverly Hills to downtown Los Angeles with a late burst to take his fifth win of the eight-stage event.

The 25-year-old Gesink, who rides for Rabobank, was victorious over Dave Zabriskie, the Utah native who lives in Los Angeles, by 46 seconds after claiming the mountainous and decisive seventh stage.


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