Monday, May 22, 2017
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.
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.