Peter Sagan extends his record number of Tour of California wins with a victory in Morro Bay on stage 3.

Peter Sagan sprinted to his 16th career stage win at the Amgen Tour of California Tuesday, winning a bunch gallop on an uphill kick to the line in Morro Bay. Katusha-Alpecin’s Rick Zabel was second, and Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) finished third.

“I didn’t feel very well yesterday in the climbs — maybe because I came from a high altitude training camp, and I have to get used to lower altitudes,” said Sagan. “My condition improving and again I’m happy with this result. I was a little back in the last 600m, but I had a strong finale and took the win.”

Stage 3, top 10

Top-10 overall

Bora-Hansgrohe’s Sagan is the reigning two-time world road race champion. In California, he’s the undisputed king. Sagan holds the record for most stage wins at the Tour of California. He also won the 2015 race overall.

The 186.5km stage was expected to favor the sprinters, and it followed the script. A breakaway of five riders stayed clear until the final five kilometers. The escapees were: Danny Pate (Rally), Federico Zurlo (UAE Team Emirates). David Lozano (Novo Nordisk), as well as two Jelly Belly riders, Sean Bennett and Ben Wolfe.

“I’d like to thank the entire team for their effort today and in particular my brother Juraj,” Sagan added. “He was probably the most visible rider on TV today — he was pulling all day. They all did a great job — they positioned me in the front in the last moment and then I had an amazing finale.”

Sagan’s sprint success was the second win in a row for his Bora team at the Tour of California. Rafal Majka won stage 2 from the breakaway. After stage 3, the Pole stayed in the overall lead, finishing safely with the peloton.

“It was a hard day with the wind,” Majka said. “You had to be focused all day long. All the boys did an amazing job and showed excellent spirit in the end with Peter taking another stage. We can be really happy with two stages in hand and also still leading the GC.”

Wednesday’s 159.5km stage 4 could afford another chance for Sagan to pile one more win atop his mountainous tally. Majka will likely keep the yellow jersey as well. The stage has four categorized climbs early, then a gentle run up to Santa Clarita.

Stage 3 results

General classification