SANTA CLARITA - Slovakia's Peter Sagan captured the third stage of the Tour of California Tuesday, earning his ninth career stage victory in America's most prestigious cycling race. Sagan completed the 177 kilometre (110 mile) trek from Palmdale to Santa Clarita in four hours, 21 minutes and 31 seconds to edge Aussie Michael Matthews and American Tyler Farrar in a mass sprint to the finish. Matthews had been led-out by Orica-GreenEdge teammate Baden Cooke with 500 metres to go, but Sagan showed he still had a lot left in the tank as he powered his way around Matthews on the outside to beat the Canberra rider by half a wheel. Colombia's Javier Acevedo held onto the overall lead with a time of 13:59.50. American Tejay Van Garderen is 12 seconds back in second place. –AFP