May 26, 2017
Kiwi George Bennett wins the Amgen Tour of California
George Bennett (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) took the biggest win of his pro career at the 2017 Amgen Tour of California finishing atop the GC 35" ahead of Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) with Andrew Talensky (Cannondale-Drapac) preserving local honour with the third spot.
Bennett leapt into second spot on GC on Stage 2 (Modesto-San Jose) as runner up to stage winner Majka. Majka held on to top spot until the 24km ITT on Stage 6. While the time trial was won by Sky's Jonathan Dibben it was a fourth place by Bennett, 41" faster than Majka that saw a change in lead.
The final stage, 125km form Mountain High to Pasadena, won by Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) from a five man break, did nothing to disturb the final rankings.
Stage 1 - Sacramento › Sacramento: winner Kittel Marcel; race Leader Kittel Marcel
Stage 2 - Modesto › San Jose: winner Majka Rafał; race Leader Majka Rafał
Stage 3 - Pismo Beach › Morro Bay: winner Sagan Peter; race Leader Majka Rafał
Stage 4 - Santa Barbara › Santa Clarita: winner Huffman Evan; race Leader Majka Rafał
Stage 5 - Ontario › Mt. Baldy: winner Talansky Andrew; race Leader Majka Rafał
Stage 6 (ITT) - Big Bear Lake › Big Bear Lake: winner Dibben Jonathan; race Leader Bennett George
Stage 7 - Mountain High › Pasadena: winner Huffman Evan; race Leader Bennett George