Queen Stage Proves Decisive at Tour of California

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Tour of California, Stage 5

Start/Finish: Ontario/Mount Baldy, California, USA

Distance: 78 miles/125.5 kilometers

Mount Baldy, California – Thursday’s Stage 5 of the Tour of California served as the race’s Queen Stage and lived up to its billing. The 125.5-kilometer stage saw Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano make an early breakaway that featured nearly two dozen riders. As the race headed up the first categorized climb of the day, the break splintered. Lozano experienced a flat tire and along with numerous other breakaway companions found himself back in the chase group.

As the race passed through the intermediate sprint in Glendora, the 14-man breakaway had approximately 3:20 over the chase. From that point forward, it was continuously uphill until the finish on Mount Baldy. Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) attacked the breakaway and remained off the front solo until the final 10 kilometers when an elite front group chased him down.

As the gradients increased, current race leader Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac), George Bennett (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and Ian Boswell (Team Sky) battled it out on the final switchbacks up Mount Baldy. The race came down to a sprint battle between Talansky and Majka with the Cannondale-Drapac rider taking the win. Javier Megias …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk