Rafał Majka of team Bora-hansgrohe rode on the front of the race to take Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California. The 90 miles of racing caused a serious sort-out. The peleton was five minutes out, with a chase group that raced from 30 seconds to a minute behind.
The breakout group consisted of Polish National Champion Rafal Majka, Iam Boswell from Team Sky, Lachlan Morton of Dimension Data, and George Bennet, riding for Team LottoNL-Jumbo.The chase group organized themselves behind Mickey Shar of BMC Racing, who controlled the group; along with team Cannondale-drapac.
At the 7.8 mile mark, the chase group closed the gap to 40 seconds. George Bennet took the lead for the breakaway group and averaged 22 miles per hour. Within another 2 miles, Sammy Sanchez of BMC Racing took control of the chase group, helping his team mate, Brent Bookwalter. At this point riders in the chase group started dropping back, including BMC Racing’s, Michael Shar.
With 3.6 miles to go, the gap was extended to 55 seconds. It was amazing to watch the collaboration between the four riders in the breakaway group. As they came close to the finish they experienced a 6.5% incline with a strong headwind.
At one kilometer, Morton tried to make a move, but Majka responded. Finally, Morton tried to make a break from the chase group. But Bennett, the New Zealander, and Majka took over and powered through. Majka managed to cross the finish line ahead of Bennett; followed by Boswell, Morton and Gesink of Team LottoNL-Jumbo. Bookwalter finished 6th.