Zabriskie takes Tour of California third stage

15:58, May 19, 2010      

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American cyclist David Zabriskie grabbed both the third stage and the overall lead of the Tour of California on Tuesday.

Zabriskie won the 182 kilometre stage from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in four hours, 26 minutes, nine seconds.

The 31-year-old tops the riders' standings in 13:09:33, four seconds ahead of Michale Rogers who finished second in Tuesday's race. He leads Rogers by four seconds overall.

Three-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer was third, also in the same time as the top two finishers.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, of the United States, finished a distant 14th. Armstrong is 12th overall, 27 seconds back.

The top three finishers all began the third stage in a group of 20, trailing Australian Brett Lancaster by 10 seconds.

Lancaster fell to 36th place overall after finishing 51st in the stage.

The fourth stage of the eight-day race will run from San Jose to Modesto.



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