George Bennett (cyclist)

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George Bennett
Bornem - Ronde van België, proloog, individuele tijdrit, 27 mei 2015 (A040).JPG
Bennett at the 2015 Tour of Belgium
Personal information
Full name George Bennett
Born (1990-04-07) 7 April 1990 (age 27)
Nelson, New Zealand
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Team information
Current team LottoNL–Jumbo
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
2010 Club Routier des 4 Chemins
2011 Trek–Livestrong
2011 Team RadioShack (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2012–2013 RadioShack–Nissan[1]
2014 Cannondale
2015–present LottoNL–Jumbo
Major wins

Stage races

Tour of California (2017)

George Bennett (born 7 April 1990) is a New Zealand professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI ProTeam LottoNL–Jumbo.[2] He represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Career[edit]

Bennett was born in Nelson in 1990.[3] Educated at Waimea College,[4] Bennett turned professional in 2012.[5] He competed with the RadioShack–Nissan squad for two seasons before moving to Cannondale in 2014.[2][6] In October 2014 it was announced that he would join LottoNL–Jumbo for the 2015 season.[7] In May 2015, he was barred from starting the Giro d'Italia due to low cortisol levels (later discovered to have been caused by illness), as per Mouvement pour un cyclisme crédible (MPCC) rules. He was not replaced by his team.[8] He was named in the start list for the 2016 Tour de France[9] and finished in 53rd place.[10] His most impressive performance in the Tour de France was finishing seventh on stage nine at Andorre Arcalis, judged by some as the toughest stage that year.[3]

He competed in the Men's individual road race at the 2016 Summer Olympics and came 33rd; he described the race as "absolutely" the toughest in his career, and 79 riders did not finish.[11]

In 2017, he became the first New Zealander to win the general classification at a UCI World Tour cycling event, when he won the Tour of California.[12] Bennett also entered the 2017 Tour de France, and finished 7th on Stage 9, but retired midway through stage 16 when he came down with gastroenteritis[13][14]. He would return to Girona to recover.

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2009
2nd Overall Tour de Vineyards
9th Overall New Zealand Cycle Classic
9th Overall Tour of Wellington
2010
2nd Overall Tour de Vineyards
1st Stage 3
9th Overall New Zealand Cycle Classic
9th Overall Tour of Wellington
2011
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall New Zealand Cycle Classic
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Wellington
3rd Overall Tour de Vineyards
2012
4th Overall Tour de Vineyards
2013
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
8th Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
2014
9th Overall Tour of Utah
9th Overall Tour de Vineyards
2015
5th Road race, National Road Championships
10th Overall Tour Down Under
2016
7th Overall Tour of California
10th Overall Vuelta a España
2017
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of California
7th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
9th Overall Volta a Catalunya

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 122 DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France 53 DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España 89 37 10
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bennett to link up with RadioShack-Nissan-Trek". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Brian Holcombe (19 November 2013). "Bennett survives tough job market with Cannondale deal". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Long, David (12 July 2016). "Kiwi rider George Bennett has bike checked for motor at Tour de France". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Reich, Josh (6 December 2010). "Wheels of good fortune". Nelson Mail. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Kittel, Voigt and Velits set for Santos Tour Down Under". Cycling Central. Special Broadcasting Service. 8 January 2013. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Shane Stokes (19 November 2013). "Kiwi climber Bennett signs contract with Cannondale Pro Cycling". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "George Bennett joins Belkin". sbs.com.au. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Emil Axelgaard (8 May 2015). "Low cortisol levels take Bennett out of the Giro". Cycling Quotes. CyclingQuotes.com 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "2016 > 103rd Tour de France > Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Rollo, Phillip (31 July 2016). "Riding to Rio – George Bennett backs up from solid Tour de France debut". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Gilhooly, Daniel (7 August 2016). "Gamble doesn't pay for shattered George Bennett". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "George Bennett becomes first Kiwi to win World Tour cycling event at Tour of California". Stuff.co.nz. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Tour de France 2017: George Bennett forced to pull out due to illness". Newshub. 2017-07-19. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  14. ^ "Tour de France 2017: George Bennett forced to pull out due to illness". Newshub. 2017-07-19. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 

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