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.

Rally Cycling team was impressive for the third of the last four stages. Evan Huffman and Rob Britton were in the breakaway group again. Huffman won Stage 4 from a breakaway of 5 riders in the last 100 meters. Six riders formed a breakaway group, 40 kilometers (25 miles) into a 125-kilometer (77.6 mile) stage from Mountain High to Pasadena. The peloton kept the breakaway group close but never closed the gap. Quick Step Floors and Katusha-Alpecin led the peloton to try and push their sprinters toward the finish line, but it was in vain.
One nice aspect of the Amgen Tour of California is that it showcases young talented riders year after year as well as US Continental teams, like Rally Cycling. Rally Cycling Team has winter training camp in Oxnard, California, between Malibu and Santa Barbara, so Stages 3 and 4 were nearly home events for them. The outcome of the Tour is never known in advance and is competitive every year. The podium of the Tour de France leans heavily towards teams with the biggest budget, like Team Sky. Andrew Talansky won a World Tour stage victory for Cannondale-Drapac for the first time in two years in this edition. Cannondale’s annual budget of $15 million is smaller than Team Sky’s Tour de France budget. The competitiveness of the Tour and young, up and coming talent always make the Amgen Tour fun for us local cyclists and audiences around the world.

Stage Results

#
Rider
Result
1
Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling
2:37:28
2
David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky

3
Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits

4
Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data

5
Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling

6
Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
0:00:22
7
Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors

8
John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo

9
Ben King (USA) Dimension Data

10
Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin


Overall Tour Standings

#
Rider
Result
1
George Bennett (NZl) Team Lotto NL-Jumbo
22:54:38
2
Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
0:00:35
3
Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
0:00:36
4
Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
0:00:45
5
Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky
0:01:00

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