George Bennett (cyclist)
Bennett at the 2015 Tour of Belgium
|Full name||George Bennett|
|Born||7 April 1990|
Nelson, New Zealand
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||58 kg (128 lb; 9 st 2 lb)|
|Current team||Team Jumbo–Visma|
|2010||Club Routier des 4 Chemins|
|2011||Team RadioShack (stagiaire)|
George Bennett (born 7 April 1990) is a New Zealand professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Jumbo–Visma. He represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Bennett was born in Nelson in 1990, where he was educated at Waimea College. He originally took up cycle racing as a mountain biker, moving to Switzerland in 2009 to pursue his amateur career. Bennett turned professional in 2012. He competed with the RadioShack–Nissan squad for two seasons before moving to Cannondale in 2014.
In October 2014, it was announced that he would join LottoNL–Jumbo for the 2015 season. 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. He was named in the start list for the 2016 Tour de France and finished in 53rd place. 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.
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. Bennett also entered the Tour de France, and finished 7th on Stage 9, but retired midway through stage 16 when he came down with gastroenteritis. He would return to Girona to recover.
In November 2019, Bennett underwent surgery to remove three ribs due to experiencing chronic slipping rib syndrome.
Bennett started his 2020 season at the Tour Down Under where he placed 8th overall. In February at the National Championships, Bennett finished second in the road race after spending 80 kilometres (50 miles) out in front by himself only for Shane Archbold to catch and sprint past him on the line. When the season resumed after the interruption by the COVID-19 pandemic, he managed to get 5th overall in both the Vuelta a Burgos and the Tour de l'Ain. Bennett's form continued through to Gran Piemonte where he attained his first ever one-day win. Three days later at Il Lombardia, he got the highest ever result by a New Zealander in a Cycling monument by placing second behind Jakob Fuglsang. He participated in the Tour de France, where he wore Māori-themed Shimano S-Phyre shoes painted by his artist girlfriend, Caitlin Fielder.
- 2nd Overall Tour de Vineyards
- 9th Overall Tour of Wellington
- 2nd Overall Tour de Vineyards
- 1st Stage 3
- 6th Overall Ronde de l'Isard
- 9th Overall Tour of Wellington
- 1st Overall Tour of Wellington
- 2nd Overall Ronde de l'Isard
- 3rd Overall Tour de Vineyards
- 4th Road race, National Under-23 Road Championships
- 4th Overall Tour de Vineyards
- 2nd Road race, National Road Championships
- 8th Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
- 9th Overall Tour of Utah
- 9th Overall Tour de Vineyards
- 5th Road race, National Road Championships
- 10th Overall Tour Down Under
- 7th Overall Tour of California
- 10th Overall Vuelta a España
- 1st Overall Tour of California
- 7th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
- 9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 4th Road race, National Road Championships
- 4th Overall Tour de Pologne
- 5th Overall Tour of the Alps
- 6th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 8th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 10th Giro di Lombardia
- 1st Stage 2 (TTT) Tour de France
- 4th Time trial, National Road Championships
- 4th Overall Tour of California
- 6th Overall Paris–Nice
- 1st Gran Piemonte
- National Road Championships
- 2nd Giro di Lombardia
- 5th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
- 5th Overall Tour de l'Ain
- 8th Overall Tour Down Under
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
|Tour de France||—||—||—||53||DNF||—||24||34|
|Vuelta a España||—||89||37||10||DNF||35||33||12|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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- "George Bennett: I've essentially had three ribs removed". Cyclingnews. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Cycling: George Bennett claims best finish at Tour Down Under". Stuff.co.nz. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Cycling: Shane Archbold beats George Bennett to win road race national championship". Newshub. 17 February 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "George Bennett wins Gran Piemonte". cyclingnews. 13 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "New Zealand cyclist George Bennett in historic finish at Il Lombardia in Italy". stuff.co.nz. 16 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Custom shoes for George Bennett and others by Caitlin Fielder". VeloNews.com. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
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