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ATOC: Huffman closes Cali with second stage win, Bennett takes overall

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — New Zealand’s George Bennett won the Tour of California title Saturday by 35 seconds while American Evan Huffman captured the seventh and final stage in a thrilling sprint finish.

Bennett, a LottoNL-Jumbo team rider, took the yellow jersey by finishing fourth in Friday’s time trial and kept his full margin over the final 77.6 miles (125km) to the finish line at Pasadena.

Bennett won in a total time of 22 hours, 54 minutes, 38 seconds with Poland’s Rafal Majka of Bora Hansgrohe second at 365 seconds and American Andrew Talansky of Cannondale third, another second adrift.

Stage 7 results, top 10

  • 1. Evan HUFFMAN, RALLY CYCLING, in 2:37:28
  • 2. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 3. Nicolas EDET, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at :00
  • 4. Lachlan MORTON, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 5. Robert BRITTON, RALLY CYCLING, at :00
  • 6. Peter SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :22
  • 7. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :22
  • 8. John DEGENKOLB, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :22
  • 9. Benjamin KING, DIMENSION DATA, at :22
  • 10. Jhonatan RESTREPO VALENCIA, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at :22

General classification, top 10

  • 1. George BENNETT, LOTTONL-JUMBO, in 22:54:38
  • 2. Rafal MAJKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :35
  • 3. Andrew TALANSKY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at :36
  • 4. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING, at :45
  • 5. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:00
  • 6. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 1:54
  • 7. Lachlan MORTON, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:55
  • 8. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at 2:12
  • 9. Sam OOMEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:15
  • 10. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 3:14

“It was a pretty hectic day,” Bennett said. “We thought we had it under control early on and then it kicked off. I was under pressure a little but the team came through for me.

“It’s a pretty special day really — very, very special.”

Admitting, “I was pretty relieved when I went under the 3km (to go) banner,” Bennett said he hopes his first major stage race crown can launch him to greater feats.

“It’s a major steepping stone for me. I can take a lot from this, confidence and with the team,” Bennett said. “I want to keep building on this in Europe.”

Rally rider Huffman took the stage victory in 2:27:28, edging Spanish Sky rider David Lopez in second and French Cofidis rider Nicolas Edet who was third at the line.

Huffman was joined by Rally teammates Rob Britton and later Sepp Kuss, who had a breakthrough performance on stage 5, in a six-man break, which also included Lopez, Edet and Australian Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data). The group clocked a minute gap before the peloton began to reel them in as they covered the final two categorized climbs.

“I’m happy with the week,” Huffman said. “I came into it with a stomach bug. I’m nowhere near my best, so I’m optimistic for July. “That’s when riders hope to be racing in the Tour de France.”

Morton finished fourth followed by Britton with reigning two-time world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) finishing 22 seconds back in sixth.

Stage 7 results

  • 1. Evan HUFFMAN, RALLY CYCLING, in 2:37:28
  • 2. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 3. Nicolas EDET, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at :00
  • 4. Lachlan MORTON, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 5. Robert BRITTON, RALLY CYCLING, at :00
  • 6. Peter SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :22
  • 7. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :22
  • 8. John DEGENKOLB, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :22
  • 9. Benjamin KING, DIMENSION DATA, at :22
  • 10. Jhonatan RESTREPO VALENCIA, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at :22
  • 11. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING, at :22
  • 12. Luis Angel MATE MARDONES, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at :22
  • 13. Sam OOMEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :22
  • 14. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING, at :22
  • 15. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at :22
  • 16. Andrew TALANSKY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at :22
  • 17. Rafal MAJKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :22
  • 18. Nils POLITT, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at :22
  • 19. Javier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at :22
  • 20. Daan OLIVIER, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :22
  • 21. Robert GESINK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :22
  • 22. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :22
  • 23. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :22
  • 24. George BENNETT, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :22
  • 25. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at :22
  • 26. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at :22
  • 27. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at :22
  • 28. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING, at :22
  • 29. Floris DE TIER, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at :35
  • 30. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at :39
  • 31. Rúben GUERREIRO, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :39
  • 32. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :53
  • 33. Travis MCCABE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at :53
  • 34. Simone CONSONNI, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :53
  • 35. Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA, at :53
  • 36. Colin JOYCE, RALLY CYCLING, at :53
  • 37. Alexander KRISTOFF, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at :53
  • 38. Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at :53
  • 39. Jacob RATHE, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at :53
  • 40. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at :53
  • 41. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at :53
  • 42. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA, at :53
  • 43. Michael MORKOV, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at :53
  • 44. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at :53
  • 45. Koen DE KORT, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at :53
  • 46. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at :53
  • 47. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA, at :53
  • 48. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :53
  • 49. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :53
  • 50. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :53
  • 51. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :59
  • 52. Greg HENDERSON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at :59
  • 53. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at :59
  • 54. Serghei TVETCOV, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at :59
  • 55. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at :59
  • 56. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at :59
  • 57. Matteo DAL-CIN, RALLY CYCLING, at :59
  • 58. Mathias LE TURNIER, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at :59
  • 59. Martin ELMIGER, BMC RACING, at :59
  • 60. Danny PATE, RALLY CYCLING, at 1:02
  • 61. Tiago MACHADO, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 1:02
  • 62. Guillaume BONNAFOND, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 1:02
  • 63. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING, at 1:02
  • 64. Scott THWAITES, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:02
  • 65. Koen BOUWMAN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:02
  • 66. Federico ZURLO, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 1:02
  • 67. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING, at 1:02
  • 68. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 1:02
  • 69. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:07
  • 70. Nick DOUGALL, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:07
  • 71. Gavin MANION, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 1:07
  • 72. Javier MEGIAS LEAL, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 1:07
  • 73. Maciej BODNAR, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 1:07
  • 74. Bernhard EISEL, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:10
  • 75. Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO DIEZ, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 1:10
  • 76. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at 1:17
  • 77. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at 1:32
  • 78. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY, at 1:36
  • 79. Jack BAUER, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:37
  • 80. Zdenek ŠTYBAR, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 2:25
  • 81. Sepp KUSS, RALLY CYCLING, at 2:30
  • 82. Truls KORSÆTH, ASTANA, at 2:46
  • 83. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 3:49
  • 84. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 3:55
  • 85. Alexey VERMEULEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 3:55
  • 86. Antwan TOLHOEK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 3:55
  • 87. Miles SCOTSON, BMC RACING, at 3:55
  • 88. Yoann BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 3:55
  • 89. Jordan CHEYNE, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 3:55
  • 90. Sean BENNETT, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 9:20
  • 91. Jonathan CLARKE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 10:21
  • 92. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 11:39
  • 93. Marco MATHIS, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 11:39
  • 94. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 11:39
  • 95. Romain GIOUX, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 11:39
  • 96. Joshua BERRY, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 11:39
  • 97. Christopher WILLIAMS, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 11:39
  • 98. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:39
  • 99. Jonas VAN GENECHTEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 11:39
  • 100. Martin VELITS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 11:39
  • 101. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 11:39
  • 102. Floris GERFS, BMC RACING, at 11:39
  • 103. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA, at 11:39
  • 104. Rick ZABEL, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 11:39
  • 105. Ben WOLFE, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 11:39
  • 106. Marko KUMP, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 11:39
  • 107. Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA, at 11:39
  • 108. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 11:39
  • 109. Michal KOLÁR, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 11:39
  • 110. Juraj SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 11:39
  • 111. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 11:39
  • 112. Roy CURVERS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 11:39
  • 113. Daniil FOMINYKH, ASTANA, at 11:39
  • 114. Adam DE VOS, RALLY CYCLING, at 11:39
  • 115. Ulises Alfredo CASTILLO SOTO, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 11:39
  • 116. Tanner PUTT, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 11:39
  • 117. Mads Würtz SCHMIDT, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 11:39
  • 118. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 11:39
  • 119. Lawson CRADDOCK, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 11:39
  • 120. Filippo GANNA, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 11:51
  • 121. Yousef MIRZA BANIHAMMAD, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 13:27
  • DNF Taylor PHINNEY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC
  • DNF Wouter WIPPERT, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC

General classification

  • 1. George BENNETT, LOTTONL-JUMBO, in 22:54:38
  • 2. Rafal MAJKA, BORA-HANSGROHE, at :35
  • 3. Andrew TALANSKY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at :36
  • 4. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING, at :45
  • 5. Ian BOSWELL, TEAM SKY, at 1:00
  • 6. Vegard Stake LAENGEN, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 1:54
  • 7. Lachlan MORTON, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:55
  • 8. Tao GEOGHEGAN HART, TEAM SKY, at 2:12
  • 9. Sam OOMEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 2:15
  • 10. Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 3:14
  • 11. Luis Angel MATE MARDONES, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 3:38
  • 12. Nicolas EDET, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 3:39
  • 13. Robert GESINK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 3:53
  • 14. Enric MAS NICOLAU, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 4:27
  • 15. Maximilian SCHACHMANN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 4:50
  • 16. Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, BMC RACING, at 5:15
  • 17. Javier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 6:09
  • 18. David LOPEZ GARCIA, TEAM SKY, at 6:18
  • 19. Serghei TVETCOV, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 7:11
  • 20. Michael SCHÄR, BMC RACING, at 7:46
  • 21. Benjamin KING, DIMENSION DATA, at 8:52
  • 22. Nathan BROWN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 11:44
  • 23. Tiago MACHADO, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 12:59
  • 24. Pawel POLJANSKI, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 13:22
  • 25. Greg HENDERSON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 14:02
  • 26. Robert BRITTON, RALLY CYCLING, at 17:07
  • 27. Stéphane ROSSETTO, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 17:07
  • 28. Sepp KUSS, RALLY CYCLING, at 17:48
  • 29. Javier MEGIAS LEAL, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 18:17
  • 30. Jhonatan RESTREPO VALENCIA, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 18:49
  • 31. Scott THWAITES, DIMENSION DATA, at 20:33
  • 32. Gavin MANION, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 21:30
  • 33. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at 22:42
  • 34. Adam DE VOS, RALLY CYCLING, at 23:00
  • 35. Floris DE TIER, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 23:40
  • 36. Daan OLIVIER, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 23:47
  • 37. Jay MCCARTHY, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 24:42
  • 38. Mathias LE TURNIER, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 25:50
  • 39. Peter SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 28:08
  • 40. Brendan CANTY, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 28:28
  • 41. Lennard HOFSTEDE, TEAM SUNWEB, at 30:23
  • 42. Evan HUFFMAN, RALLY CYCLING, at 30:36
  • 43. Alberto BETTIOL, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 31:09
  • 44. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 31:15
  • 45. Nils POLITT, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 31:47
  • 46. Guillaume BONNAFOND, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 35:07
  • 47. Matteo DAL-CIN, RALLY CYCLING, at 39:36
  • 48. Jack BAUER, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 39:37
  • 49. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at 41:44
  • 50. Jonathan DIEBBEN, TEAM SKY, at 44:07
  • 51. Nick DOUGALL, DIMENSION DATA, at 44:30
  • 52. Alexey VERMEULEN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 44:31
  • 53. Mike TEUNISSEN, TEAM SUNWEB, at 44:36
  • 54. Matti BRESCHEL, ASTANA, at 44:51
  • 55. Artyom ZAKHAROV, ASTANA, at 45:21
  • 56. Kristijan ÐURASEK, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 45:34
  • 57. Tom BOHLI, BMC RACING, at 45:41
  • 58. Antwan TOLHOEK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 45:45
  • 59. Simone CONSONNI, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 45:50
  • 60. Ramon SINKELDAM, TEAM SUNWEB, at 46:10
  • 61. Yoann BAGOT, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 46:12
  • 62. Alexander KRISTOFF, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 46:20
  • 63. Owain DOULL, TEAM SKY, at 46:32
  • 64. Bert-Jan LINDEMAN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 46:37
  • 65. Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO DIEZ, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 46:41
  • 66. Marcel KITTEL, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 47:04
  • 67. John DEGENKOLB, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 47:54
  • 68. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING, at 48:13
  • 69. Koen DE KORT, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 48:16
  • 70. Jordan CHEYNE, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 48:18
  • 71. Daniel EATON, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 48:19
  • 72. Maciej BODNAR, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 48:19
  • 73. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA, at 48:38
  • 74. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 48:58
  • 75. Martin ELMIGER, BMC RACING, at 49:27
  • 76. Zdenek ŠTYBAR, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 49:37
  • 77. Jacob RATHE, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 50:01
  • 78. Michael MORKOV, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 50:08
  • 79. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 50:22
  • 80. Danny PATE, RALLY CYCLING, at 51:05
  • 81. Kiel REIJNEN, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 51:10
  • 82. Travis MCCABE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 51:43
  • 83. Koen BOUWMAN, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 51:47
  • 84. Fabio SABATINI, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 52:33
  • 85. Rúben GUERREIRO, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 54:52
  • 86. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 55:50
  • 87. Miles SCOTSON, BMC RACING, at 56:18
  • 88. Truls KORSÆTH, ASTANA, at 56:25
  • 89. Roy CURVERS, TEAM SUNWEB, at 56:28
  • 90. Bernhard EISEL, DIMENSION DATA, at 56:38
  • 91. Sean BENNETT, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 57:02
  • 92. Rick ZABEL, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 57:37
  • 93. Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 57:46
  • 94. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 57:55
  • 95. Colin JOYCE, RALLY CYCLING, at 59:00
  • 96. Ruslan TLEUBAYEV, ASTANA, at 59:09
  • 97. Joshua BERRY, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 59:11
  • 98. Tanner PUTT, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 59:11
  • 99. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 59:25
  • 100. Jonathan CLARKE, UNITEDHEALTHCARE, at 59:59
  • 101. Federico ZURLO, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 1:00:11
  • 102. Michal KOLÁR, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 1:00:17
  • 103. Johannes FRÖHLINGER, TEAM SUNWEB, at 1:02:03
  • 104. Jonas VAN GENECHTEN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS, at 1:02:05
  • 105. Mads Würtz SCHMIDT, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 1:03:57
  • 106. GREGORY DANIEL, TREK-SEGAFREDO, at 1:04:00
  • 107. Marko KUMP, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 1:04:16
  • 108. Floris GERFS, BMC RACING, at 1:04:24
  • 109. Filippo GANNA, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 1:04:25
  • 110. Daniil FOMINYKH, ASTANA, at 1:04:41
  • 111. Yousef MIRZA BANIHAMMAD, UAE TEAM EMIRATES, at 1:04:48
  • 112. Juraj SAGAN, BORA-HANSGROHE, at 1:06:30
  • 113. Lawson CRADDOCK, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 1:09:16
  • 114. Arman KAMYSHEV, ASTANA, at 1:10:59
  • 115. Ulises Alfredo CASTILLO SOTO, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 1:12:07
  • 116. Marco MATHIS, KATUSHA-ALPECIN, at 1:12:44
  • 117. Ben WOLFE, JELLY BELLY p/b MAXXIS, at 1:13:17
  • 118. Christopher WILLIAMS, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 1:15:12
  • 119. Romain GIOUX, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 1:16:27
  • 120. Martin VELITS, QUICK-STEP FLOORS, at 1:16:32
  • 121. Tyler FARRAR, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:16:49

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