SANTA BARBARA — Nine-time Tour de France finisher George Hincapie won the fifth stage of the Tour of California on Friday, and Floyd Landis hung on to the race lead.
Hincapie, of Greenville, S.C., again used his teammates' strong support to sprint to victory in the 105.3-mile stage from San Luis Obispo in 3 hours, 52 minutes, 2 seconds. He joined Juan Jose Haedo of Argentina as a double stage winner.
Landis, of Murrieta, finished 18th but held on to his 29-second margin over David Zabriskie of Salt Lake City.
Bobby Julich of Reno, Nev., remains third overall, trailing the leader by 34 seconds.
"The way I can see it, there's no reason to waste extra energy chasing every single guy who wanted to attack," Landis said. "There was still a long way to go. But as we get closer to the finish, the more nervous I'm getting."
Hincapie, who claimed the race's second stage last Tuesday, won this stage when his Discovery Channel teammates rode to the front nearing the final sprint and he jumped to the lead.