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History beckons for Kiwi cyclist George Bennett with shot at Giro d’Italia glory

History beckons for Kiwi cyclist George Bennett with shot at Giro d'Italia glory

History awaits Kiwi cyclist George Bennett when he lines up at the start of the Giro d’Italia this week. Bennett will become the first Kiwi…

Tuesday, May 04

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History awaits Kiwi cyclist George Bennett when he lines up at the start of the Giro d’Italia this week. Bennett will become the first Kiwi to lead a team on a grand tour this week when he races in Italy. Source: 1 NEWS

Bennett will become the first New Zealander to lead a team on a grand tour, heading the touted Jumbo Visma line-up.

Bennett has long been a part of the engine trying to propel others in the Dutch team to cycling success, but he’s eager to see what he can do now it’s his turn to push for the top.

“It comes with a bit of pressure,” Bennett told 1 NEWS.

“But more than pressure, it comes with a lot of excitement.”

Bennett will go to toe-to-toe with some of the world’s best – names like Simon Yates and Egan Bernal – with many making the Italian event their stage race priority this year, given that the Tour de France clashes with the Olympics.

Bennett said for that reason, the stakes couldn’t get any higher.“It means any result at the Giro carries a lot of water.”Bennett told 1 NEWS he is targeting a top-five finish. To do that, Jumbo Visma has opted for training in tiny country of Andorra as well as the Spanish island of Tenerife instead of the usual build-up races.The team hopes the approach will mean they have gas in the tank for late in the Giro – but there’s another reason.“The world’s pretty unpredictable at the moment, there’s a […]

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