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Rohan Dennis wins sixth stage of Amgen Tour of California; Julian Alaphilippe retains overall lead

Rohan Dennis wins sixth stage of Amgen Tour of California; Julian Alaphilippe retains overall lead

Eighth place felt like first for Julian Alaphilippe on Friday.

The French cyclist known for his climbing ability turned in a surprising performance in the Stage 6 time trial at the Tour of California, minimizing his losses in a discipline that has proven difficult for him in the past to retain his overall race lead.

Rohan Dennis won the stage with a blistering performance, covering the 12.6-mile course in 24 minutes 16 seconds. But the Australian rider — and one of the world's best against the clock — was still 16 seconds behind Alaphilippe heading into the penultimate stage.

BMC Racing's Brent Bookwalter turned in the fifth-best time, vaulting into third...

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