Rafal Majka takes overall lead of Tour of California after winning thrilling stage two

The Pole beat George Bennett to the line for the stage honours as a breakaway made it to the finish

Rafal Majka on stage two of the Tour of California (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Rafal Majka won a thrilling second stage of the Tour of California to San Jose from the breakaway, taking the overall lead of the race along with his victory.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider beat New Zealander George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) in the final two up sprint, as the dashed ahead of their two breakaway companions Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) and Ian Boswell (Team Sky) on the final uphill rise towards the finishing straight.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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