Atas­cadero will face High­land in the CIF-Cen­tral Sec­tion fi­nal

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Team Bahrain-Merida spent most of the fifth stage at the Tour of Cal­i­for­nia at the front of the pelo­ton, set­ting a hard pace but leav­ing no­body quite sure what their endgame might be.

Turns out it was Ivan Gar­cia Cortina.

The 23-year-old Span­ish cy­clist moved to the front af­ter the fi­nal cou­ple of solo at­tacks were reeled in by the rest of the field, then sprinted ahead of Max­i­m­il­iano Richeze and Ser­gio Hi­gu­ita to win a stage Thurs­day that was racked by bru­tal cross­winds of up to 45 mph near the fin­ish.

Te­jay van Garderen fin­ished safely in the main field to re­tain the over­all race lead.

“It was re­ally windy for us,” he said. “We sur­vived OK. The team kept me safe, kept the break­away in check and we were able to sur­vive an­other day.”

In the women’s race, which be­gan with an outand-back ride to Ven­tura, reign­ing Olympic cham­pion Anna van der Breggen got loose in the fi­nal cou­ple miles to win the open­ing stage.

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