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George Bennett wins Tour of California

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George Bennett has won the Tour of California. The Lotto NL-Jumbo rider has held on to his yellow jersey in a blistering final 125 kilometre stage, to become the first New Zealander to win a UCI World Tour title.

Bennett rode into the winner’s yellow jersey on Friday’s penultimate stage, a 24-kilometre time trial. He finished fourth on the stage, but was 41 seconds ahead of Majka to leapfrog him into the overall lead.

The win was setup on stage two in the mountains, when he was the only rider to stay with Majka over the six climbs on the 144.5km stage. Majka claimed the stage win that day, out-sprinting Bennett to the line.

“This has been a coming-of-age year for Bennett,” he said.

It was Bennett’s first tour win as a professional, having gone pro as in 2011 with  Radioshack.

Evan Huffman won the last stage, outsprinting breakaway companions David Lopez (Team Sky) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) in Pasadena.

Tour of California 2017 – stage 7 results (Mountain High – Pasadena):

1Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling)

2:37:28

2David Lopez (Team Sky)

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3Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)

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4Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data)

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5Rob Britton (Rally Cycling)

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6Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

+22”

7Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors)

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8John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

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9Ben King (Dimension Data)

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10Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin)

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Final general classification:

1George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo)

22:54:38

2Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)

+35”

3Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac)

+36”

4Brent Bookwalter (BMC)

+45”

5Ian Boswell (Team Sky)

+01’00”

6Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates)

+01’54”

7Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data)

+01’55”

8Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky)

+02’12”

9Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)

+02’15”

10Haimar Zubeldia (Trek-Segafredo)

+03’14”