George Bennett wins Tour of California

George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) wrapped up the overall victory at the Amgen Tour of California on Saturday, finishing safely in the peloton on the seventh and final stage to seal his first WorldTour general classification win.

Rally Cycling's Evan Huffman out-sprinted breakaway companions David López (Sky) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis, Solutions Credit) at the finish line in Pasadena to claim his second stage victory of this year's race. 22 seconds later, Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan led the pack across the line for sixth place behind the escapees, securing the green points jersey.

His teammate Rafal Majka finished in the peloton as well to secure his second place overall, 35 seconds down on Bennett, with Cannondale-Drapac's Andrew Talansky rounding out the GC podium a further second back.

"Only when I rode under the banner for the final three kilometres did I know that I had won," Bennett said. "I was a bit under pressure, but the team was awesome today. They showed some serious good legs, and so thanks to them.I'm going to build on this. This victory will make a big difference to me. I want to back this up in Europe too in the near future."

How it unfolded

A number of attackers went clear shortly after as the race rolled down from the start line at Mountain High, but the peloton set a high pace through the early kilometres, refusing to let anyone get away for long. The day's main breakaway move did not form until over 40 kilometres into a stage that stretched for just 125 kilometres in total – and only after a brief flurry of attacks from the GC contenders.

As the road tilted upward, Bennett and Majka tested each other on the early slopes of the Mt. Emma Rd. climb, but neither could force any separation. Then it was the stage hunters who went on the move.

Stage 4 winner Huffman, his Rally teammate Rob Britton, López, Edet and Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) jumped away on the ascent. Five became six after Rally's Sepp Kuss made a long ride to bridge into the break. They worked their advantage up to around a minute before the peloton tightened the leash, and the gap hovered there or thereabouts as they traversed the remaining two categorised climbs.

Talansky and Sunweb's Sam Oomen made short-lived attempts to escape on the second-category final climb but neither managed to create much space, with Majka and Bennett live to the danger.

Still with only a minute in hand as they began the long descent toward Pasadena, the breakers had their work cut out for them to hold off a pack full of sprinters' teams eyeing the flat finish. But even with Katusha-Alpecin and Quick-Step Floors pushing a high pace, the riders out front stubbornly held their gap as the kilometres ticked down.

With Kuss and Britton pulling the six along, the break took around 40 seconds into the final 10 kilometres. Kuss came detached after a big effort with around seven kilometres to go, but the surviving five proved up to the task of holding off a charging peloton.

With Morton mostly focused on picking up a few seconds to claim the young rider's jersey and Britton emptying the tank to support his teammate, it was down to Huffman, López and Edet to contest to stage victory. Huffman and López rode neck and neck in the final sprint until the final 100 metres, when Huffman pulled away to nab his second win of the week.

Sagan pipped Quick-Step's Matteo Trentin in the ensuing sprint for minor placings, with Bennett, Majka and Talansky all coming home moments later to seal their GC podium placings. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling2:37:28
2David Lopez (Spa) Team SkyRow 1 - Cell 2
3Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 3 - Cell 2
5Rob Britton (Can) Rally CyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:22
7Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 6 - Cell 2
8John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ben King (USA) Dimension DataRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 9 - Cell 2
11Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 12 - Cell 2
14Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 14 - Cell 2
16Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 15 - Cell 2
17Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 16 - Cell 2
18Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 17 - Cell 2
19Janier Acevedo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 19 - Cell 2
21Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 20 - Cell 2
22Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 21 - Cell 2
23Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 22 - Cell 2
24George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 23 - Cell 2
25Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 24 - Cell 2
26Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 26 - Cell 2
28Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:35
30Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:39
31Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 30 - Cell 2
32Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors0:00:53
33Travis Mccabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 33 - Cell 2
35Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Colin Joyce (USA) Rally CyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 36 - Cell 2
38Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 38 - Cell 2
40Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 39 - Cell 2
41Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 40 - Cell 2
42Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 42 - Cell 2
44Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 43 - Cell 2
45Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 44 - Cell 2
46Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team EmiratesRow 45 - Cell 2
47Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 47 - Cell 2
49Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 49 - Cell 2
51Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:00:59
52Greg Henderson (NZl) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 52 - Cell 2
54Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 53 - Cell 2
55Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 54 - Cell 2
56Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 55 - Cell 2
57Matteo Dal Cin (Can) Rally CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 57 - Cell 2
59Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling0:01:02
61Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 60 - Cell 2
62Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 63 - Cell 2
65Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 64 - Cell 2
66Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 65 - Cell 2
67Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:07
70Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 69 - Cell 2
71Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 71 - Cell 2
73Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 72 - Cell 2
74Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:01:10
75Daniel Jaramillo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:01:17
77Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:01:32
78Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:01:36
79Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors0:01:37
80Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:02:25
81Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling0:02:30
82Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team0:02:46
83Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:03:49
84Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:55
85Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 84 - Cell 2
86Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 85 - Cell 2
87Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 88 - Cell 2
90Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:09:20
91Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:10:21
92Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk0:11:39
93Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 92 - Cell 2
94Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 93 - Cell 2
95Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 94 - Cell 2
96Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 95 - Cell 2
97Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo NordiskRow 96 - Cell 2
98Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 97 - Cell 2
99Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 98 - Cell 2
100Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step FloorsRow 99 - Cell 2
101Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 100 - Cell 2
102Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 103 - Cell 2
105Ben Wolfe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 104 - Cell 2
106Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 105 - Cell 2
107Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 107 - Cell 2
109Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 108 - Cell 2
110Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 109 - Cell 2
111Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 110 - Cell 2
112Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 111 - Cell 2
113Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Adam De Vos (Can) Rally CyclingRow 113 - Cell 2
115Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 114 - Cell 2
116Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 116 - Cell 2
118Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 117 - Cell 2
119Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 118 - Cell 2
120Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:11:51
121Yousif Mirza Alhammadi (UAE) UAE Team Emirates0:13:27
DNFTaylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFWouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 122 - Cell 2
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Intermediate sprint 1 - Fort Tejon rd, km.28
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis3pts
2Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Intermediate sprint 2 - Clear Creek, km.97.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data3pts
2Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling15pts
2David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors4Row 6 - Cell 3
8John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ben King (USA) Dimension Data2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Mt Emma Rd summit, km.47.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling5pts
2Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Angeles Forest Hwy summit, km.59
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling3pts
2Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Upper Big Tujunga Canyon rd summit, km. 83.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling5pts
2Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data2:37:28
2Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:22
3Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 2 - Cell 2
4Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 3 - Cell 2
5Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 4 - Cell 2
6Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 5 - Cell 2
7Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:35
8Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:39
9Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:53
11Colin Joyce (USA) Rally CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 11 - Cell 2
13Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 12 - Cell 2
14Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 14 - Cell 2
16Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:00:59
17Mathias Leturnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 16 - Cell 2
18Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:02
19Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 18 - Cell 2
20Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:07
23Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:01:17
24Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:01:36
25Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling0:02:30
26Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team0:02:46
27Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:55
28Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo