Frenchman Julian Alaphillipe (Etixx-Quickstep) wore the yellow jersey representing the overall Amgen Tour of California race leader on Thursday.
He didn't win the fifth stage.
But, he didn't lose any time to his closest pursuers either.
Alaphilippe finished seventh as the tour made its way from Lodi, 50 feet above sea level, to 8,600 feet in the Sierra Nevada mountains before finishing at Lake Tahoe. That is the highest point of any stage in the 11-year history of the tour.
Latvian Toms Skujins (Cannondale) won the race to the finish over Canadian Adam De Vos (Rally) and Spaniard Xabier Zanido (SKY). The three were part of a 20-rider breakaway about 40 minutes into the race.
Lake Tahoe/Santa Rosa's Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) remains in second place overall and New Zealand's George Bennett (Lotto NL - Jumbo) remains in third. North Carolina's Brent Bookwalter (BMC) and the Netherlands' Laurens Ten Dam (Giant-Alpecin) round out the top five.
Roseville's Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Berman) slipped to sixth, but is still ahead of teammate, Ruben Guerreiro of Portugal in the Best Young Rider category.
Elk Grove's Evan Huffman is still the King of the Mountain leader, but by only two points over Alaphillipe.
Stage one of the women's race was also held at Lake Tahoe Thursday.
American Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans), Sweden's Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) and American Kristin Armstrong (TWENTY16 – Ridebiker) finished in first, second and third place.
Folsom is the site of Stage 6 in the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race. The women's time trial starts at 10:30 a.m. and the men's 12.6-mile time trial starts at 12:30 p.m.
The starting line is on Sutter Street.