Monday, May 22, 2017

Huffman wins Stage 7 , Bennett wins the Amgen Tour

Bennett wins the 2017 Amgen Tour of California

George Bennett of Team Lotto NL РJumbo won the overall championship of the 2017 Tour California in Pasadena. Evan Huffman won his second stage of the Tour in Pasadena by out sprinting the rest of the breakaway group in the final stretch of the race. Huffman pulled away from David López (Team Sky), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis Solutions Credit), Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) and Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data), who won the Young Rider competition.

Amgen Tour Standings Scrambled at Big Bear

Bennett takes the lead in Amgen Tour

George Bennet of Team Lotto NL – Jumbo took the overall lead in Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California, coming in fourth behind Team Sky’s Jon Dibben, Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) in the 24 km (14.9 mile) time trial at Big Bear Lake. While the course was relatively flat the stage was held at an elevation of 2000 meters (6500 ft) out and back around the lake. Former Tour leader, Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) came in 22nd, 59 seconds behind Dibben who won the time trial with a time of 28:27. Bookwalter finished seven seconds behind Dibben, moving him up to fourth in the overall standings. Talansky finished 16 seconds off the winning pace and moved up to third.

Talansky Prevails on the Queen Stage

Andrew Talansky wins the Queen Stage 5 of Amgen Tour

Andrew Talansky of Cannondale-Drapac outdueled Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the final turn toward the finish of Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California on Mount Baldy. It was Talansky’s first stage victory in the Tour and the first World Tour victory for Cannondale in two years. Talansky, Majka, George Bennet (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) and Ian Boswell (Team Sky) climbed toward the finish in the last two kilometers of the 125.5 km (78 mile) mountainous stage. Majka kept his overall lead in the Tour by six seconds over Bennet. Talansky fought his way into the lead on the final corner on rough pavement in the final kilometer as he and Majka battled it out. With Bennett and Boswell slightly behind.