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by Shane Stokes
May 16, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Rafal Majka wins stage 2 at the Amgen Tour of California, takes overall lead; Quintana: It will be difficult to keep the Maglia Rosa in the Giro time trial; Dumoulin relishes Giro TT, wants to gain as much time as possible on Quintana before next mountains; Landa to continue in Giro d’Italia after all-clear given; Vinokourov calls for corruption case to be dismissed; Giro d’Italia race director defends police motorcyclists after stage 9 crash; Giro d’Italia sends ‘signal of hope and solidarity’ to those affected by Italian earthquakes; Felline inks new one year contract extension with Trek-Segafredo; BMC Racing Team promotes Van Hooydonck to WorldTour level; Trek-Segafredo riders highlighting visibility during Giro d’Italia TT stages; Aqua Blue Sport rider says airline destroyed his bike; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Post Race; Bram Tankink goes wild on Giro rest day; Cannondale-Drapac gets cartoon treatment en route to the Amgen Tour of California
Polish champion Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) has taken the overall lead at the Amgen Tour of California after outsprinting George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) to take Stage 2.
Majka and Bennett were part of a four-man breakaway with Ian Boswell (Team Sky) and Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data), a group that formed over the hardest categorised climb of the day, Mount Hamilton, halfway through the 144.5km stage.
Toms Skujins (Cannondale-Drapac) was originally part of that group over the top of the climb but on the fast descent the Latvian crashed and had to abandon with concussion and a broken collarbone.
On the short climb that led to the finish in San Jose, Morton attacked twice but was closed down by Majka on both occasions. Bennett then counterattacked but Majka was again able to respond and then outsprint the Kiwi for his first victory in 2017.
Stage 3 will see the riders travel from Pismo Beach to Morro Bay in a lumpy 192km that is expected to finish in a bunch sprint.