Andrew Talansky ended Cannondale Drapac‘s two-year wait for a WorldTour win with a hard-fought stage win atop Mt. Baldy at the 2017 Tour of California. The American all-rounder edged out race leader Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a close sprint to the line after a select group of podium contenders broke away on the final climb.
George Bennett (Team LottoNl-Jumbo) retained his hopes of winning the overall title by finishing third overall. However, it’s Majka who heads into Friday’s time trial with a slender six-second lead over Bennett. Talansky’s win moved him into fourth, 44 seconds off the Bora rider’s lead.
“When we hit the final climb, I knew I felt good. But when I knew I didn’t have a chance to shake Bennett, Majka and Boswell, I decided to go for the stage win,” said Talansky. “I’ve never been at the front of this finish before. I knew there was that last corner and how I needed to take it.
“I’d prefer to be in the yellow jersey right now but we won the stage today and I’ll enjoy that. Tomorrow we will focus on the time trial. If you win, you win. If you lose, you lose and life goes on.”
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