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May 20, 2016 – Australia’s Rohan Dennis won Friday’s sixth stage time trial in the Tour of California while France’s Julian Alaphilippe finished eighth to retain his grip on the overall lead.
BMC rider Dennis captured the 12.6-mile (20.3km) time trial around the town of Folsom in 24mins 16secs, defeating American Andrew Talansky of Cannondale by 17 seconds with US standout Taylor Phinney, Dennis’ BMC teammate, third, another three seconds adrift.
Etixx-Quick Step rider Alaphilippe, meanwhile, kept the overall lead with two stages remaining by finishing only 45 seconds behind Dennis, giving the Frenchman a total time of 24:26:46. The Aussie’s stage triumph jumped him into second place overall, only 16 seconds off the pace after starting the day 61 seconds adrift.
American Brent Bookwalter of BMC was third overall, 38 seconds back after a fifth-place stage finish in which he pulled back only two seconds from Alaphilippe. The Frenchman had owned a 22-second lead on American Peter Stetina after five stages.
Lotto-Jumbo rider George Bennett of New Zealand, 37 seconds adrift after the fifth stage, fell to ninth overall at 1:45 back.
Saturday’s seventh stage will be a 109-mile (175.5km) journey through wine country that begins and ends in Santa Rosa, setting up Sunday’s concluding 84.8-mile (136.5km) trek that ends in the state capital of Sacramento.
Results Stage 6:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 24:16:00
2. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:17
3. Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:20
4. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:33
5. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:43
6. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:00:44
7. Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
8. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:00:45
9. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha 0:00:49
10. Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:00:52
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step 24:26:46
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:16
3. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:38
4. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:47
5. Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman 0:01:08
6. Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:17
7. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
8. Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:24
9. George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:45
10. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha 0:01:48