Dutchman Robert Gesink wins Tour of California

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05:21 AM May 21st, 2012

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May 21st, 2012 05:21 AM

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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