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by Shane Stokes
May 19, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria earns hat-trick of Giro d’Italia wins with victory on stage 12; Talansky claims Amgen Tour of California queen stage; Amanda Spratt takes stage win and GC lead in the second stage of Emakumeen Bira; Dylan Groenewegen wins stage 2 of the Tour of Norway; Fraile into Giro d’Italia mountains jersey; Gary Sutton let go by Cycling Australia; An Post departure leads to major sponsorship search for Irish cycling; Some Thoughts on Thoughtlessness; Simon Geschke left behind by Team Sunweb bus; UCI fines rider over dating request; Video: Daily hassle en route to Giro d’Italia sign on; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 12 Post Race; Video: cycling thief tries to steal racing bike off a car
Andrew Talansky has taken Cannondale-Drapac’s first WorldTour win in more than two years, riding to victory on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Talansky outsprinted overall leader Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Ian Boswell (Sky) at the top of the gruelling Mt. Baldy climb on stage 5 of the seven-stage race.
Talansky forced the winning move with back-to-back attacks from a group of favourites with 3.5km remaining in the stage-ending climb. Bennett and Majka clawed their way across, so too did Boswell, before the leaders started attacking each other in the steep final kilometres.
Majka launched the sprint with 200m to go, but it was Talansky that came around the final hairpin first, 50m from the line, to hold on for an emphatic victory.
“I’ve watch this finish enough, but I’ve never been at the front of this finish,” Talansky said. “With that corner I knew to be on the inside, we were headed into the barriers. Then with that sprint I knew I could take it.”
Majka maintains his overall lead by six seconds ahead of Bennett and 25 seconds ahead of Boswell. Talansky is now fourth, 44 second down. The GC is likely to be decided in tomorrow’s stage 6 individual time trial, in which Talansky and Brent Bookwalter (BMC; sixth, +1:02) are expected to make big gains on those ahead of them.