Kiwi Bennett Rides Into Yellow Jersey At Tour of Cali

The Glory of the Tour of California

The Glory of the Tour of California

Bennett And Dibben Have A Great Day In Cali

Los Angeles, May 20, 2017 (AFP) – Britain’s Jonathan Dibben won the sixth
stage of the Tour of California in Big Bear Lake on Friday while Kiwi George
Bennett took over the yellow jersey with surprising time trial performance.
The 27-year-old Bennett is considered a climbing specialist so his blazing
time trial ride through the San Bernardino National Forest was unexpected.
“No one expected this less than I did,” said Bennett, of Nelson on New
Zealand’s southern island. “After yesterday I was so disappointed. Today I
can’t believe it man, I just went.
“The guy on radio doesn’t get excited about much but halfway through he
just lit up and I knew I had a good time. When I crossed the line all the
cameras started coming and I thought maybe I did something good.”
Bennett, of the LottoNL-Jumbo team, finished fourth in the stage that
relegated teammate Rafal Majka from the first place in the overall standings.
Sky’s Dibben, 23, won the 24-kilometre (14 mile) stage by signing for his
first victory on the World Tour circuit.
Brent Bookwalter (BMC) finished second after his strong ride against the
clock and Mt. Baldy climb winner Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) placed third in
the time trial.
That leaves Bennett with a 35-second overall lead on Poland’s Majka going
into the seventh and final stage.
The race concludes Saturday in downtown Pasadena following a 123km ride
that begins at Mountain High ski hill in the San Bernardino mountains.
“It is not going to be a parade lap,” said Bennett. “It is going to be full
gas racing.”

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