Mark Renshaw towards rear of the field in Tour of California

BATHURST cyclist Mark Renshaw wasn’t among the winning hopes towards the end of Wednesday’s stage three at the Tour of California.

TOO STRONG: World Champion Peter Sagan celebrates his victory in stage three of the Tour of California. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

TOO STRONG: World Champion Peter Sagan celebrates his victory in stage three of the Tour of California. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The 192.5 kilometre stage from Pismo Beach to Morro Bay was won by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) ahead of Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) and Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates).

Renshaw finished at the tail of the field in 130th place.

One of Renshaw’s Dimension Data teammates, Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg, was among the sprint finish but had to settle for sixth place.

The peloton caught the stage’s breakaway group inside the final 10km and the sprinters’ teams began to work their way to the front of the field.

There was no catching Sagan once he made his move, showing everyone why he’s the current world champion jersey holder.

The tour is Renshaw’s return to competitive racing after an ankle injury he picked up at the Scheldeprijs one-day classic last month.

There are four stages remaining in the tour.

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