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2012 Tour Of California: Robert Gesink Takes Home The Title

The Tour of California wrapped up on Sunday, and it was Robert Gesink of the Netherlands that took home the overall title. He bested the closest rider by 46 seconds.

A win in the seventh stage keyed the victory for the 25-year-old Gesnik. He broke his leg in five places last September.

The eighth and final stage took place in Los Angeles on Sunday. Peter Sagan of Slovakia came in first for that final stage. He won the first four stages but was unable to hold onto to overall lead.

An American finished second in the Tour of California. Dave Zabriskie, who is a native of Utah, was the runner-up for the fourth time in the event's history. The race is in Zabriskie's backyard as he lives in California.

Stick with this Tour of California StoryStream, cycling blog Podium Cafe and the Tour of California's official site for more race coverage as it happens.

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