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Tour of California 2012 Standings: Peter Sagan Wins Stage 4, Extends Lead

Another day, and another win for Peter Sagan at the 2012 Tour of California. Sagan won Stage 4, to go along with his Stage 1, 2 and 3 victories earlier this week, and in the process, extended his overall lead in the Tour of California.

Sagan needed a last-minute surge to pass other cyclists, but he was able to dig deep and muster up the strength to claim the victory in Stage 4. By winning Stage 4, Sagan picked up another 10-second time bonus, which certainly comes in handy.

Heinrich Haussler is currently in second place, trailing Sagan by 16 seconds. Sagan has a 34 second lead over Jeff Louder, who is in third place.

Stage 5 will be an 18 mile individual time trial through Bakersfield, California, and will be held on Thursday. Though the 18 miles might sound like a breather, 1,478 feet of climbing says otherwise.

For more on the 2012 Tour of California, be sure to keep checking SB Nation Dallas' StoryStream all week.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.