Ben­nett climbs into top 10

Weekend Herald - - Your Sporting Weekend -

Ge­orge Ben­nett un­der­went his first real test at the Giro d’Italia cy­cle clas­sic yes­ter­day and passed with fly­ing colours. The Kiwi climber fin­ished fourth on stage six, a re­sult which lifted him into ninth place on the over­all gen­eral clas­si­fi­ca­tion. The re­sult also dou­bles as a pos­i­tive sign of his chances for the slew of moun­tain­top fin­ishes later in the race, af­ter he showed no signs of weak­ness on the first real climb — up Mt Etna. Ben­nett was stronger than many pre­race favourites, shin­ing brighter than Chris Froome, Tom Du­moulin, Fabio Aru and Miguel An­gel Lopez. Este­ban Chaves won the stage from team­mate Si­mon Yates, who moved into the leader’s pink jer­sey while an­nounc­ing him­self as a se­ri­ous con­tender for the over­all ti­tle. Ben­nett is 1m 11s down on Yates.

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