Tour of California: Talansky wins on Mt Baldy

Andrew Talansky ended Cannondale Drapac's two-year wait for a WorldTour win with a hard-fought stage win atop Mt. Baldy at the 2017 Tour of California. The American all-rounder edged out race leader Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a close sprint to the line after a select group of podium contenders broke away on the final climb.

George Bennett (Team LottoNl-Jumbo) retained his hopes of winning the overall title by finishing third overall. However, it's Majka who heads into Friday's time trial with a slender six-second lead over Bennett. Talansky's win moved him into fourth, 44 seconds off the Bora rider's lead.

"When we hit the final climb, I knew I felt good. But when I knew I didn't have a chance to shake Bennett, Majka and Boswell, I decided to go for the stage win," said Talansky. "I've never been at the front of this finish before. I knew there was that last corner and how I needed to take it.

"I'd prefer to be in the yellow jersey right now but we won the stage today and I'll enjoy that. Tomorrow we will focus on the time trial. If you win, you win. If you lose, you lose and life goes on."

Majka increased his lead over Bennett after picking up bonus seconds on the line but expressed that he was aiming to add to his stage 2 victory. 

"I didn't win but I think that second was still a good result. I'd like to thank all my teammates for the excellent work they did today. Tomorrow I'll try to keep the jersey, but it'll be difficult with Talansky," said Majka. "I wanted to gain some time today but it wasn't easy. I didn't know the finish – there were a lot of corners and with 100m to go I tried to sprint, but Talansky passed me on the left hand side. Congratulations to him on his win. I'm still happy with this second place but tomorrow we need to try to keep the jersey. When we look at the race so far, I've been strong and I don't feel too bad. For the time trial tomorrow it's 24km and I'll try to keep the jersey."

How it unfolded

The queen stage kicked off in Ontario and almost immediately began a gradual climb toward the first of two intermediate sprints located in San Antonio Heights.

A breakaway of 24 riders formed early on with Tiago Machado (Katusha-Alpecin) winning the full points ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). But as the race headed up and over Glendora Ridge Rd., a climb 9.2km at 6.8% average grade, attacks caused the large group to split and 13 men formed the main move of the day.

Those riders also included Quick-Step Floors Matteo Trentin and Jack Bauer, UnitedHealthcare's Greg Henderson and Daniel Jaramillo, Rally's breakaway duo Evan Huffman and Rob Britton, who took one-two in stage 4, were in the mix again. Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky), Lennard Hofstede (Team Sunweb), Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data), Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo), Yoann Bagot (Cofidis) and Artyom Zakharov (Astana) also made the move.

Jaramillo added more points to his mountain classification lead at the top of Glendora Ridge Rd, ahead of Huffman and Machado.

Henderson was the highest placed on GC in that move, in 23rd place at 4:43 behind overall leader Majka. As they raced along the reservoirs of Morris and San Gabriel on the flatter sections of the course, the riders held just over three minutes on the main field.

The route soon kicked up again as they rode onto the base of Glendora Mountain Rd for the start of the second KOM, which is 12.6km at 5.1%.

Britton struck out on his own before Sky's Peter Kennaugh bridged across. Behind in the peloton, LottoNL-Jumbo were working on keeping everything under control for its GC man Bennett. Showing no effects of yesterday’s ride in the breakaway, Britton rode away from Kennaugh on approach to the KOM with the remnants of the original breakaway one minute in arrears.

Katusha-Alpecin's Tiago Machado found himself in no man’s land in the chase of Britton as Quick-Step Floors teammates Matteo Trentin and Jack Bauer paced the chase group up the climb. At the KOM point, Evan Huffman and Daniel Jaramillo tested each other's legs with the later stealing in for more points to all but secure the polka dot jersey. A moment of reprieve followed for Britton, Kennaugh and the chase group with the descent before the brutal ascent of Mt Baldy.

On the lower slopes of Mt. Baldy, what was left of the original breakaway started to splinter while Peter Sagan dropped back to the main field and turned domestique, distributing food and bidons to his teammates. Meanwhile, Britton was looking comfortable at the head of the race as LottoNL-Jumbo continued to drive the pace in the peloton.

As the pace increased in the peloton with the GC teams upping the tempo, Britton's bid for victory came to an end as he was swept up on the lower slopes. Sep Kuss (Rally) was an early attacker once teammate Britton was caught as the skirmish begun. Dimension Data's Lachlan Morton was looking strong and likely to launch as the likes of Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) lost contact.

Feeling good, Talanksy took it upon himself to up the speed and forced a selection with Brent Bookwalter, Morton, Bennett, Majka, and Boswell the only riders able to respond. Talansky went again, and the group was slimmed as only Majka and Bennett could maintain contact. Behind, Boswell refused to give in and dug deep to regain contact before Majka jumped clear.

After a delay, Talansksy chased down Majka with Bennett on his wheel and Boswell again fighting to hold onto the leaders. At 1km to go, it was Bennett's turn to attack, but he couldn't establish a gap as it became clear it would come down to a four-up sprint.

In the finale, which included two turns and a rough road surface, Talanksy stole the front position into the final corner and sprinted for his first win at the Tour of California, leaving Majka in second place but with his GC lead intact. Bennett crossed the line for third with Boswell fourth and five seconds down. Bookwalter rounded out the top five before the other GC riders made their way across the line.

With the decisive stage 6 Big Bear Lake time trial to come, Talanksy is a real threat to the overall at 44 seconds to Majka. The race leader is confident of holding onto yellow, but another shakeup of the overall is sure to eventuate on the lakeside course.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac3:43:15
2Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:02
4Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:00:05
5Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:08
6Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:20
7Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data0:00:27
8Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:00:40
9Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 8 - Cell 2
10Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:56
11Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 10 - Cell 2
12Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:32
13Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo1:37:00
14Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:01:59
15Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:02:04
16Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:13
17Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky0:02:27
19Janier Acevedo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:03:28
20Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Ben King (USA) Dimension Data0:03:41
22Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:46
23Rob Britton (Can) Rally CyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:04:10
25Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:38
26Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:04:57
27Adam De Vos (Can) Rally Cycling0:05:25
28Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:05:40
29Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:50
30Greg Henderson (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:07:22
31Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:08:27
32Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 31 - Cell 2
33Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 32 - Cell 2
34Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:09:01
35Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:09:02
36Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb0:09:28
37Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:10:04
38Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:10:30
39Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 38 - Cell 2
40Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:10:53
41Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data0:12:19
42Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:14:35
43Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:16:12
44Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 44 - Cell 2
46Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:17:25
47Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 47 - Cell 2
49Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling0:17:42
50Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:17:55
51Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:18:14
52Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:19:31
53Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:19:33
54Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:19:52
55Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:20:07
56Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:20:33
57Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk0:21:16
58Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 57 - Cell 2
59Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 58 - Cell 2
60Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 59 - Cell 2
61Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team EmiratesRow 60 - Cell 2
62Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:21:32
64Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:21:39
65Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team0:21:42
66Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:21:55
68Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 67 - Cell 2
69Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 68 - Cell 2
70Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:22:01
71Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:22:09
72Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:22:25
73Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 72 - Cell 2
74Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:22:27
75Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:22:31
76Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team0:22:43
77Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:22:49
78Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 77 - Cell 2
79Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 78 - Cell 2
80Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 79 - Cell 2
81Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:23:38
82Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:23:56
83Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:25:25
84David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 83 - Cell 2
85Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 84 - Cell 2
86Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step FloorsRow 86 - Cell 2
88Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 87 - Cell 2
89Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 88 - Cell 2
90Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 89 - Cell 2
91Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 90 - Cell 2
92Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 91 - Cell 2
93Matteo Dal Cin (Can) Rally CyclingRow 92 - Cell 2
94Danny Pate (USA) Rally CyclingRow 93 - Cell 2
95Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 94 - Cell 2
96Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 95 - Cell 2
97Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE) UAE Team EmiratesRow 96 - Cell 2
98Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 97 - Cell 2
99Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 98 - Cell 2
100Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 99 - Cell 2
101Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 101 - Cell 2
103Colin Joyce (USA) Rally CyclingRow 102 - Cell 2
104Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 103 - Cell 2
105Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 104 - Cell 2
106Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 105 - Cell 2
107Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 107 - Cell 2
109Travis Mccabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 109 - Cell 2
111Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 110 - Cell 2
112Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 114 - Cell 2
116Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 115 - Cell 2
117Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 116 - Cell 2
118Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 117 - Cell 2
119Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:26:10
120Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 119 - Cell 2
121Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:26:14
122Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk0:26:47
123Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 122 - Cell 2
OTLErik Baska (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 123 - Cell 2
OTLRiccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
OTLAndrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFMark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 128 - Cell 2
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Intermediate sprint 1 - San Antonio Heights, km.11.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin3pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Intermediate sprint 2 - Glendora, km.82
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe3pts
2Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin1Row 2 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac15pts
2Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe12Row 1 - Cell 3
3George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 1) - Glendora Ridge Rd summit, km.26
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team8pts
2Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling7Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe5Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors3Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 1) - Glendora Mountain Rd summit, km.97.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling8pts
2Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky7Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling5Row 3 - Cell 3
5Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors3Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 (HC) - Mt. Baldy, km.125.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac15pts
2Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe13Row 1 - Cell 3
3George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo11Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team8Row 4 - Cell 3
6Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb7Row 5 - Cell 3
7Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky5Row 7 - Cell 3
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb3:43:35
2Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data0:00:07
3Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:00:20
4Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:36
5Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:01:39
6Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors0:03:08
7Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:18
8Adam De Vos (Can) Rally Cycling0:05:05
9Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:08:07
10Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 9 - Cell 2
11Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:08:42
12Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb0:09:08
13Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:10:10
14Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 13 - Cell 2
15Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:14:15
16Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin0:15:52
17Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:17:05
18Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:17:35
19Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:19:13
20Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:20:13
21Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:20:56
22Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:21:12
23Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:21:41
24Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:21:49
25Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:22:07
26Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:22:11
27Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team0:22:23
28Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:22:29
29Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 28 - Cell 2
30Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 29 - Cell 2
31Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:23:18
32Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:25:05
33Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 32 - Cell 2
34Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 33 - Cell 2
35Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 34 - Cell 2
36Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 36 - Cell 2
38Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 38 - Cell 2
40Colin Joyce (USA) Rally CyclingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 40 - Cell 2
42Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 43 - Cell 2
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Rider Name (Country) Team
Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky11:12:57
2BMC Racing Team0:03:19
3Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:11
4Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:57
5Rally Cycling0:06:55
7UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:09:42
8Dimension Data0:13:15
9Team Sunweb0:17:06
10Quick-Step Floors0:19:40
14UAE Team Emirates0:41:49
15Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:45:24
16Team Novo Nordisk0:47:47
17Astana Pro Team0:59:17
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