The Peloton Heads for California’s Central Coast with Tomorrow’s 120-mile Trek from Pismo Beach to Morro Bay

SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 15, 2017) – BORA-hansgrohe’s Rafal Majka, the Tour de France’s defending King of the Mountain, claimed his first victory since becoming Poland’s National Road Race Champion on today’s Amgen Tour of California Stage 2. A difficult day of climbing from Modesto to San Jose shattered the leader board with Amgen Race Leader Jersey wearer Marcel Kittel (GER) and several other sprinters dropped from the peloton as they tackled the steep terrain. When the final results were tabulated, ten riders were with one minute off the overall race lead.

“I remember riding here in 2011, which was my first year as a pro, and now I’m so happy to win this stage, not only for me but also my teammates. We had a really nice group at the front with strong riders….We went fast to the end,” said Majka, who won bronze in the 2016 Olympic Games Road Race.

With about five miles and a final climb to go, a lead group containing Majka (POL), Team LottoNL-Jumbo’s George Bennett (NZL), Team Sky’s Ian Boswell (Bend, Oregon) and Team Dimension Data’s Lachlan Morton (AUS) moved forward with two chase groups not far behind. The nearest of those, about 50 seconds back, included Bennett’s teammate and 2012 Amgen Tour of California champion Robert Gesink (NED).

After attacking 50km from the finish, Bennett came across the line on Majka’s wheel, with Boswell rolling in a seconds later, followed by Morton, who returns to a WorldTour team this year and earned today’s TAG Heuer Best Young Rider Jersey.  In addition to taking the overall race lead, Majka as also won the Stage’s Visit California Sprint Jersey and sits two seconds ahead of Bennett as the overall race leader. Boswell trails the race leader by 14 seconds with Morton another two seconds back. Gesink pulled uphill to the front of his chase group to place fifth for the stage as well in the overall.  Bennett’s key uphill attack 50km from the finish also earned him the Breakaway from Cancer® / Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Most Courageous Rider Jersey.