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Bennett crowned national champion of New Zealand

Bennett crowned national champion of New Zealand

George Bennett is the new New Zealand road cycling champion. It is the first national title for the thirty-year-old cyclist of Team Jumbo-Visma. Earlier this week he already won silver in the time trial.

Bennett previously finished second in the national road championship twice and he also finished second in the time trial on Friday with a 0.7 seconds difference. Today he had to give it his all when a large leading group left the peloton early in the race. From the moment Bennett joined the leading group, he seized every opportunity to attack. “I went hard up the hill a few times, but I felt like everyone was better than me. I told myself to stay calm and weather it out. I just kept going until finally no one came with me”, Bennet says.

Bennett launched the decisive attack eight kilometres from the finish line and soloed to victory with a lead of almost two minutes. “Honestly it has not sunk in yet. I was down and out a week ago and wrote myself off. Then I had a really good TT on Friday and that really picked me up. I have been trying to get this title for ten years. I have always wanted to win this jersey and to be able to wear it with my team all year round in the WorldTour is so special. I am proud to wear that jersey – take it to Europe and represent New Zealand Cycling. That is very special.”

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