Cycling - Wiggins extends lead at Tour of California

Sir Bradley Wiggins injected valuable extra seconds into his overall lead at the Tour of California.

Cycling - Wiggins extends lead at Tour of California

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Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Team Sky defends the overall race leader's jersey during stage four of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California from Monterey to Cambria on May 14, 2014 in Monterey County, California (GETTY)

The former Tour de France champion finished four seconds ahead of nearest challenger Rohan Dennis on a fast and flat stage along the state's ocean roads.

Canada's Will Routley won the sprint finish after a small group escaped while Britain's Mark Cavendish, who won the opening stage, finished alongside Wiggins - whose general classification advantage is now 28 seconds.

Thursday’s stage is a 173.8km trip from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara but Friday's summit finish at Mountain High looks like it could be decisive for Wiggins's overall ambitions ahead of the race's conclusion on Sunday.

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