CAMBRIA — Will Routley of Canada surprised the favored sprinters by winning stage 4 of the Tour of California on Wednesday, and Bradley Wiggins of Britain retained his race lead for the third day.
Routley (Optun-Kelly Benefit), a former national titlist who was part a six-rider, early race breakaway, completed the 102.6-mile Monterey to Cambria road race in 3 hours, 48 minutes, 37 seconds.
American Gregory Daniel (Bissell Development) was second and Kevin De Mesmaeker (Team Novo Nordisk) of Belgium was third.
Tour of California, Stage 4
Riders in a breakaway group in the Tour of California cycling race travel south near Piedras Blancas Lighthouse on Highway 1 during the fourth stage, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, near San Simeon. Will Routley, right, won the stage. (AP Photo / The Tribune, David Middlecamp)
Will Routley celebrates after winning Stage 4 of the Tour of California cycling race Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Cambria. (AP Photo/The Tribune, Joe Johnston)
The Peleton ride near Sobranes Point in northern Big Sur during the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on Wednesday May 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Monterey County Herald, David Royal)
Christopher Jones leads a breakaway pack of six riders as the 2014 Amgen Tour of California passes by Sobranes Point in northern Big Sur. (AP Photo/Monterey County Herald, David Royal)
The Peleton pass Sobranes Point in northern Big Sur. (AP Photo/Monterey Herald, David Royal)
Wiggins (Sky) finished 77 seconds behind the stage winner. He increased his lead to 28 seconds over Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) of Australia.
The fourth stage took the field along the Pacific Coast. The leaders broke from the field early and maintained their advantage throughout the day.