Bennett debuts Jumbo

It is the first road victory for the Dutch team this season. The cyclist has also won the silver in the time trial.


George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) became New Zealand road cycling champion for the first time by winning alone in the 174.4 km race starting and finishing in the city of Cambridge.

With the silver medal already obtained in Friday's time trial, Bennett, 30, won the long-distance event with a time of 4:15:17, followed by Briton Mark Stewart, who reached 1:48, and Michael Torckler , at 1: 49.

Bennet, who had twice previously been New Zealand's runner-up on the road, got into the day's breakaway and went out to all the attacks. "I had a bad time on some climbs but I didn't lose my cool and in the end nobody could follow me," he commented.

The new champion launched his decisive attack 8 km from the finish line. "A week ago I felt bad and almost ruled out, but the good time trial I did gave me a lot of morale. I have been chasing this title for ten years," said Bennett, a Jumbo rider, who gives the Dutch team the first victory in this 2021.


1. G. Bennett (Jumbo) 4: 15: 17.

2. Mark Stewart (Ribble) at 1: 48.

. Michel Torckler at 1: 49.

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