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by Matt de Neef
May 22, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Tom Dumoulin leads the Giro d’Italia into its third rest day, Jungels wins stage 15; George Bennett wins the Amgen Tour of California; Ashleigh Moolman wins the Emakumeen XXX Bira with final-stage victory; Edvald Boasson Hagen rides to third Tour of Norway title; Jonathan Hivert victorious at the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; Daniel Summerhill claims Tour of Japan prologue; Sarah Roy takes out the SwissEver GP Cham – Hagendorn; Adam Hansen continues at the Giro despite hand injury; Tanel Kangert abandons the Giro after horror crash; Riccardo Riccò facing prosecution for allegedly supplying drugs to amateur rider; Katusha-Alpecin team staff suspended for sewage dump; Orica-Scott Backstage Pass — stage 15.
A strong performance in the penultimate-stage individual time trial has led to a surprise overall victory at the Amgen Tour of California for New Zealander George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo).
Bennett had been second overall coming into the stage 6 ITT after a strong ride on stage 2. And then in the Big Bear Lake time trial the Kiwi finished fourth, 18 seconds behind stage winner Jonathan Dibben (Sky). By taking time on overall leader Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Bennett was able to move into the overall lead with just one stage remaining.
In that final stage, a group of five riders got clear of the bunch and managed to hold on to the line. As was the case on stage 4, Evan Huffman of the Rally team was in the break, along with teammate Rob Britton. And just like on stage 4, Huffman managed to take the sprint victory, outclassing his rivals from the much bigger, WorldTour teams.
Bennett, meanwhile, finished comfortably in the bunch, 22 seconds behind the five leaders, to take his first victory since joining the WorldTour ranks in 2012.
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