Taylor Phinney

George Bennett wraps up victory in Tour of California

George Bennett wraps up victory in Tour of California

George Bennett rode across the finish line at the Amgen Tour of California and threw his arms up in victory and relief.

On Saturday, a day after Bennett shocked himself and the field with a time trial performance that moved him into first place in the overall standings, the 27-year old from New Zealand won his first WorldTour event.

“It’s a pretty strange thing,” a champagne-soaked Bennett said after the race.

Cowbells rang as thousands of fans stood in 90-degree heat along Green Street in Pasadena to watch cyclists make the final sprint of the seven-day, 583-mile road race that started in Sacramento, traveled along the coast and climbed through the mountains of Southern...

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