Majka could not stop smiling at the post race press conference and was appreciative of how far he had come since his first Tour of California six years ago.
“I remember when I came here in 2011, my first year as a pro,” Majka said.”Now I am so happy when I win a stage.
“We have a very nice group in the front with strong riders, and we go really fast, and at the end, I win. I am so happy, my team is happy, and this is also for my small girl that came three months ago.”
Majka joined George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) and Ian Boswell (Team Sky) on the climb up Mt. Hamilton. The group passed the remnants of the day’s breakaway and worked smoothly together until 1km to go. Riders attacked each other repeatedly in the final push to the line, Majka countered a move from Bennett and held on to win the race.
Majka’s now holds yellow jersey by two seconds over Bennett. The three-time Tour de France stage winner was glad to get some time over the other GC contenders.
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