Boswell battles to fourth

18 May 2017

Boswell battles to fourth

Ian Boswell lit up a dramatic Queen stage of the Tour of California with a tenacious display that saw him narrowly miss out on victory.

The American battled with race leader Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) and stage winner Andrew Talansky (Cannondale- Drapac) in an intriguing cat-and-mouse up the final kilometres of Mount Baldy.

Despite looking as though he had been dropped by the other three, Boswell re-joined the trip on three occasions before finally bridging a short gap and attacking only to see Talansky come out on top in a technical uphill sprint finish. 

Team Sky also had another top 10 finisher as Tao Geoghegan Hart fought his way to eighth, just 40 seconds behind the stage winner.

Earlier in the stage Pete Kennaugh had joined a 15 man break that set the pace in the early stages, before linking up with Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) for a splinter break that earned a 3’00 advantage over the peloton.

Kennaugh was unable to hold on however, and Britton - who had featured in stage four’s successful day-long break too - attacked on his own and only saw his stage victory hopes dashed on the final climb into Mt. Baldy. 

This set the stage for a general classification battle between the final four in which Talansky prevailed, setting up a time trial on stage six with the top five on GC all within a minute of each other.
Stage five result
1. Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) 3:43:15
2. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) +2”
3. George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) +5”
4. Ian Boswell (Team Sky) +5”
5. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) +8”

General classification:
1. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) 19:47:57
2. George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) +6
3. Ian Boswell (Team Sky) +25
4. Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac) +44”
5. Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) +49”