Ben­nett ninth

Waikato Times - - Sport -

A top-10 fin­ish at Tir­reno-Adri­atico might be an early moral vic­tory as he con­tin­ues to build-up for the Giro d’Italia but Ge­orge Ben­nett will still look back on the World Tour race with a sense of frus­tra­tion af­ter bleed­ing ‘‘stupid time’’ early on. In what was the most com­pet­i­tive field he’s lined up against out­side of the Tour de France, the Lot­toNL-Jumbo rider capped off a strong week in Italy by fin­ish­ing ninth place on the gen­eral clas­si­fi­ca­tion stand­ings. He was 16 sec­onds be­hind race win­ner, Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski at the com­ple­tion of yes­ter­day’s time trial. Kiwis Jack Bauer (Michel­ton-Scott) and Patrick Be­van (BMC Rac­ing Team) show­cased their prow­ess against the clock, fin­ish­ing sev­enth and 14th re­spec­tively.

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