By Associated Press
Evan Huffman had spent nearly the entire day Wednesday in a breakaway with four other riders at the Tour of California, his energy drained and his legs pushed to the limit in an effort to stay away.
Yet his mind couldn’t help but wander.
Huffman thought back to last year’s stage into Santa Clarita, when he was part of a breakaway that also stayed clear to the finish. And he couldn’t help but think about Ben King beating him to the line that day, dashing the El Dorado Hills rider’s chances of a career-defining victory.
“I was just thinking about how much it would stink not to win again,” Huffman said.