Hesjedal wins Amgen Tour of California finale

Rogers victorious overall, fends off spirited challenge on final day

Michael Rogers closed out the Amgen Tour of California with a well-earned overall victory, matching the attacks of his closest competitors on the challenging 134.4km circuit race to maintain his slim margin over David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) and Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack).

The two contenders threw every attack they could at the HTC-Columbia man on the final ascent of the Rock Store climb, but the top came too soon to cause a separation. The group with Rogers came to the line together behind five riders who contested for the stage win.

The bonus seconds available on the line could have been enough to vault Zabriskie into the overall win, but instead went to his teammate Ryder Hesjedal, who attacked across to the day's breakaway and out-sprinted George Hincapie (BMC) and Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) to claim the final stage victory.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) lost his high position in the overall classification but did just enough to finish at the front of the main chasing group and secure his points and best young rider classification wins.

Thomas Rabou (Team Type 1) had already clinched his mountains jersey but still went on the attack to further pad his lead by taking the third climb of the day.

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