Commentary: Five Tour of California takeaways

What will be the lasting storyline from the 2017 Amgen Tour of California? It’s still tough to say. The seven-day race from Sacramento to Pasadena delivered a plethora of compelling tales. Overall winner George Bennett taught us the vague definition for the term “twisting a nut” after his impressive time trial. Andrew Talansky finally ended Cannondale-Drapac’s two-year winless streak on the WorldTour when he won stage 5 at Mt. Baldy. Rally Pro Cycling turned lemons into lemonade by winning two stages after their GC hopes were destroyed by crashes and mechanicals. And yes, team Katusha had a really poopy time in Big Bear. 

In lieu of these amazing tales, here are my five takeaways from the week:

1. ToCA becomes Tour prep for classics and sprint teams

With its lumpy (but not too mountainous) parcours and mid-May date, the Amgen Tour of California’s inaugural WorldTour edition attracted more stars from the Belgian classics than grand tour honchos. A quick glance at the rosters from the WorldTour squads not named Cannondale and Lotto-Jumbo revealed a long list of sprinters and cobbled specialists: John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb), Zdenek Stybar and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step), Ella Viviani (Sky), Matti Breschel (Astana), and of course every Bora rider other than Rafal Majka. For many of these riders, the race was the first leg shaker since Paris-Roubaix way back on April 9, and the official start of Tour prep. Fast guy Tour prep is potentially the new identity for California. GC guys like Chris Froome and Alberto Contador will likely bypass California for the traditional Romandie/Dauphine preparation model, due to timing and the mountainous routes of those races. For the fast men, California presents the perfect opportunity.

2. It’s time for Rally to step up

Rally Pro Cycling stole the show at this year’s Amgen Tour of California. Full stop. Evan Huffman won more stages than anyone else in the race (2), Rob Britton dusted his WorldTour breakaway companions on the climb up Glendora Mountain Road, and Sepp Kuss then climbed alongside the best in the race. It’s difficult to think that, just two months ago, there was a debate within U.S. cycling about whether Rally even deserved to have one of the race’s two Continental berths. Now there’s a new conversation to be had around Rally, and that is whether the team should step up to the Pro Continental level. The step from Continental to Pro Continental is not simple, and would require a few hundred thousand dollars in sponsorship and the addition of riders and staff. The success in California is validation that the team is ready. According to team sources, there is already talk of making the step up in 2018. If the team wants to hold onto Huffman and Kuss, it’s a necessary step.

3. LottoNL-Jumbo gets its reward

Overall winner Bennett was undoubtedly surprised after his fourth-place ride in Saturday’s individual time trial. Yet it was no surprise to see Bennett take the overall. His LottoNL-Jumbo team was strong, with a singular focus on the climbs. Other European WorldTour squads came to the race toting classics contenders and sprinters. LottoNL-Jumbo brought pint-sized climbers, several of whom are U23 riders. When asked how he believed the final stage would play out, Bennett said, “[Majka] will be heading up the inside for sprints, with my team of 15-year-old climbers on the front chasing them down.” The team put its climbing strength on display during stages 2 and 5; during the latter stage it thinned down the bunch before unleashing Bennett. So while it was Bennett’s unlikely time trial that eventually brought him the victory, LottoNL-Jumbo’s decision to bring along those “15-year-old climbers” is what put him in the position to win.

4. Talansky’s Tour prep on track

Cannondale-Drapac’s Andrew Talansky was perhaps the strongest GC rider at the race. He won the stage 5 summit finish and then finished third place in the individual time trial. Talansky is likely still kicking himself for his blunder on stage 2. He decided not to follow Majka, Ian Boswell (Sky), Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data), and eventual overall winner Bennett when they attacked over Mount Hamilton. Talansky later said he expected the group to come back. It didn’t, and the riders put 37 seconds into the American. Did the decision cost Talansky the overall? Perhaps. Still, his performance over the weeklong race points to strong form heading into his final preparation for the Tour de France, the race that he famously skipped last year after a spring wrought with sickness.

5. Morton, Boswell ready for leadership

Boswell and Morton came into the race leading WorldTour squads for the first time. Both men showed they were up to the task when they broke free from the peloton on stage 2 over Mount Hamilton alongside Bennett and Majka. While both men eventually fell out of podium contention, they showed grit and class along the race. Perhaps sensing he was bound to lose his podium position in Saturday’s time trial, Boswell gritted out the summit finish to Mount Baldy, repeatedly fighting his way back to the front group. Morton suffered a mechanical just seconds after starting his time trial. The ensuing slow time pushed him to ninth overall and second in the race’s best young rider’s jersey. The next day, Morton attacked into the breakaway. He helped drive it to the line, grabbing back the best young rider jersey and slotting into seventh overall. Whether the two will be given race leadership duties again this season is yet to be determined.

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George Bennett’s California surprise

ONTARIO, California (VN) — Reporters didn’t want to talk to George Bennett in Sacramento. He was just another outside contender, sitting on the periphery of prognostication. Before stage 1, he sat in front of his team’s rented RV in a folding chair, chatting with his young teammates, checking the pins on his number, left alone.

Even in Pismo Beach, the morning after the assault on Mt. Hamilton that would win him the Amgen Tour of California, he wandered around the beachfront parking lot largely unrecognized. I said “hi,” shook his hand, told him I’d catch him after Baldy for an interview. “Yesterday was a cracker, eh?” I said. He laughed. “Yeah, I feel good,” he said. The conversation ended there.

When a rider is going well you can see it in their face. It’s a confidence, and a leanness. In hindsight, Bennett had it. With hindsight, we all should have known. He’s a rider who’s been knocking on the door for years. Of course one day he’d open it.

A month ago, I sat down with Bennett at a coffee shop in Boulder, Colorado. He was staying above town in Nederland, sleeping at 7,800 feet, training on Flagstaff and Sunshine and Magnolia, climbing all day. “Love being back here,” he said as he grabbed a seat. “It feels a bit like a second home,” a sentiment that has roots in his time with Axel Merckx’s Trek-Livestrong program in 2011. He ordered a decaf. “Love the taste and love the act of getting a coffee, but try to keep caffeine to a minimum outside racing,” he explained.

Bennett has been on an upward trajectory for a few years now, with a previous peak at last year’s Vuelta a Espana. He finished 10th there, in a stacked field. Then he got mononucleosis in November. “I pushed it too hard for too long, didn’t listen to my body,” he said. “And I had to stay off the bike for a month. But in the end, maybe that wasn’t so bad.”

He’s dealt with other setbacks too. Recurring side stitches have hampered his climbing for years. He’s tried everything, been to a swath of different doctors, but hasn’t yet found a consistent solution. “If anyone has any brilliant ideas, reach out to me. They’ve been a real problem,” he said. He had fewer of them last week, but still rode through a couple of them in the final stages.

A month go, winning the Tour of California didn’t really seem to be on Bennett’s mind. Yes, he was at altitude. Yes, he was training hard. He finished a five-hour day on the bike right before our interview. But when we walked through the contenders — Andrew Talansky, Brent Bookwalter, Rafal Majka — he saw the potential for big time losses in the 24km time trial and only one chance for redemption, on Mt. Baldy. He was slightly worried about his legs coming down from the altitude camp, too. “Historically, I’ve felt pretty shit after going to altitude,” he said. “I’ve never seen a huge power bump, either.”

It’s difficult to tell how seriously Bennett takes anything. The constant jokes and ever-present smile are like a rain jacket for pressure. It beads up and roll off him. So it feels at times like he doesn’t care, that he’s not fully committed. He does things most pros wouldn’t do: On his last weekend in Boulder he jumped in a local amateur race, Koppenberg, a short, half-dirt circuit with a nasty kicker of a climb. He signed up as a Cat. 3 with a one-day license, raced “unattached” in the Pro/1/2/3 field, and finished second out of a two-man breakaway. It was the last time he would race before California. An odd tune-up indeed. But then you look at his arms, how lean he is, how careful he is with his decaf coffee. “I put the time in,” he said. “I’m serious but not serious.”

A week ago, Bennett was on the list of outside contenders for the overall in California, one of those riders who could maybe, possibly do something special, if luck fell his way.

This win wasn’t luck though. LottoNL-Jumbo had a plan. The first sign its execution came on the lower slopes of Mt. Hamilton. Bennett’s young team — “We brought a bunch of 15-year-old climbers,” he joked at one press conference — hit the front and hit it hard. “We knew something was up, that they were trying something,” said BMC’s Brent Bookwalter. They were. As Bennett’s team ran out of horsepower he set off on his own. Ian Boswell followed, and Lachlan Morton. Rafal Majka bridged across. Andrew Talansky and Brent Bookwalter waited. It was the defining moment of the race.

Bennett took 43 seconds that day. Five days later, he won the overall by 36.

Holding on to his lead took the time trial of Bennett’s life, one that left him and others all but speechless. “Did I just get beat by George Bennett in a time trial?” Taylor Phinney wondered aloud at his team bus. “I mean, I outweigh him by like 25 kilos.” The last stage, described as “mostly downhill” because of its net elevation loss actually had major climbs. Bennett’s challengers hit him again and again, “three the whole kitchen sink at us,” he said. “Talasnky hit me like 10 times, he wouldn’t stop.” A few times, Bennett ended up off the front with the rest of the podium, isolated and without teammates, covering move after move. But they couldn’t break him.

“He’s such a good dude,” everyone kept saying, all week. Everyone who met him. His rampant Kiwi-isms charmed us in press conferences, at his team bus in the morning and finish lines in the afternoon. Following the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California on Saturday, moments after he’d sealed his first major stage race victory, rider after rider rolled up to congratulate him. Competitors slapped him on the back, wrapped arms around his thin, yellow-clad shoulders, their happiness for him clearly genuine. He beamed and thanked each one.

Bennett pulled up just past the final finish line, stood in the yellow jersey and leaned half off his bike. He became the epicenter of a quickly growing scrum, as media and race officials and other riders pressed in. The last rider to reach Bennett before he was pulled away for the podium ceremony was Quick-Step’s fellow Kiwi, Jack Bauer. He arrived with a roar. “My maan! My maaan” Bauer yelled as Bennett whipped around.

“My Tasman Wheelers! We used to knock it out of the park at Tuesday night worlds,” Bennett yelled to me over the booming voices of race announcers Dave Towle and Brad Sohner. Bennett and Bauer were teammates as juniors, part of the same club in New Zealand. The only two to “really make it,” Bauer said, without going through New Zealand’s track program. “It’s one in a million chance, but he’s done it,” he said. “He’s been knocking on the door of a major win for a long time, and here it is.”

Here it is. George Bennett’s first big win. A decade in the making and well earned.

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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 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.

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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Special Episode: Inside a time trial team car

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be in the team car behind Taylor Phinney? This special episode from the Big Bear time trial at the Amgen Tour of California takes you inside the cars behind Phinney and Rally’s TOC stage winner Evan Huffman, including chats with both riders, their directors, and Huffman’s mom.

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