Andrew Talansky Noses Past Majka

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Today’s race into the mountains of Southern California demonstrated the staying power of Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac). He powered through climbs of 8 ½ to 16% grades, nosing out Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) for the stage win. Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) drove the front to collect the Most Courageous Rider jersey.

Riders faced a slow climb and a group of 24 riders broke away. As the grade of the climb became harder the group splintered.

Talansky, with Bookwalter (BMC Racing) and Floris Gerts (BMC Racing), helped power the breakaway group. Rob Britton made a break, creating a 35 second gap, but the peleton was 2 mph faster.
Talansky then tested the breakaway group, but they quickly responded.

At just under three minutes to the finish, Majka, Bennett, Boswell, Oomen, and Morton lifted the tempo. Talansky continued in his relentless attacks, trying to put daylight between him and Bookwalter. Meanwhile, Ian Boswell (Team Sky) pedaled his way back into the breakaway group.

With around six minutes remaining, Majka made a break. But it wasn’t enough to fend off Talansky. Talansky pursued a clean line around dodgy corners with rough surfaces to take Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California.

Today’s Results

  1. Andrew Talansky – Cannondale-Drapac Professional Cycling Team
  2. Rafal Majka – BORA-Hansgrohe
  3. George Bennett – Team LottoNL-Jumbo
  4. Ian Boswell – Team Sky

Current Standing

    1. Rafal Majka – BORA-Hansgrohe (44 second advantage over Talansky. 6 seconds over Bennett.)
  1. George Bennett – Team LottoN-Jumbo
  2.  Ian Boswell – Team Sky
  3. Andrew Talansky – Team Cannondale-Drapac Professional Cycling Team
  4. Lashan Morton – Team Dimension Data, Currently Best Young Rider