His time of 28 minutes 45 seconds on a flat course at Big Bear Lake was the fourth-fastest, 18sec slower than British stage victor Jonathan Dibben (Team Sky).
Stage five victor Andrew Talansky needed to pull back 44 seconds on Majka, and he stopped the clock 16 seconds back of Dibben in third place. Brent Bookwalter of the United States placed second, moving him from sixth to fourth in the overall race, 45 seconds behind Bennett. And he felt miserable mentally after finishing the stage a scant six seconds behind Rafal Majka for the overall race lead.
Majka's time of 29:26 dropped him 35 seconds behind Bennett into second overall.
The final stage Saturday takes riders 77 miles (124 km) through the San Gabriel Mountains into Pasadena. I needed a lot of power today and that's not what I have.
"I don't now where it came from".
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"At altitude you never go really deep and I just held it and when I crossed the line all the cameras were coming and stuff and I thought shit maybe I've done something good and neck minute I'm wearing the yellow jersey". "I am always a little critical of time trial courses in the US because it's out and back ... but this one was big and interesting". He started Friday in fourth place, 44 seconds off the lead.
"I think George said it was disbelief, and I can certainly tell you it's certainly a bigger shock for me", Dibben said. "I had to let the pain come to me".
"All I know is that it is was not pretty", Bookwalter said. "I had a lot of expectations and I didn't bring it off. Lots of oxygen debt and sort of delirious at the end".
Along with George Bennett, Lachlan Morton and Ian Boswell, Majka made a decision to attack during the stage 2 of the race. "They have rode their hearts out for me all week".
Bennett was the second-to-last rider to ride onto the course, which traced a winding out-and-back route along the north edge of Big Bear Lake. "It is not going to be a parade lap", said Bennett. Rob Britton won the Most Courageous jersey for the second consecutive day and Daniel Alexander Jaramillo maintained the King of the Mountain jersey; there were no mountain climbs on Friday.
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