George Bennett (cyclist)

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George Bennett
Bornem - Ronde van Belgie, proloog, individuele tijdrit, 27 mei 2015 (A040).JPG
Bennett at the 2015 Tour of Belgium
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Bennett
Born (1990-04-07) 7 April 1990 (age 28)
Nelson, New Zealand
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Jumbo–Visma
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimber
Amateur team(s)
2010Club Routier des 4 Chemins
2011 Trek–Livestrong
2011 Team RadioShack (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2012–2013 RadioShack–Nissan [1]
2014 Cannondale [2]
2015– LottoNL–Jumbo
Major wins
Stage races
Tour of California (2017)

George Bennett (born 7 April 1990) is a New Zealand professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Jumbo–Visma. [3] He represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

A UCI WorldTeam (2015–present), previously UCI ProTeam (2005–2014), is the term used by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to name a cycling team of the highest category in professional road cycling, the UCI World Tour or UCI ProTour, respectively. UCI WorldTeams must compete at all rounds of the tour.

Team Jumbo–Visma cycling team

Team Jumbo–Visma is a men's professional bicycle racing team, successor of the former Rabobank. The team consists of three sections: ProTeam, Continental, and Cyclo-cross.

2016 Summer Olympics Games of the XXXI Olympiad, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 3 August. These were the first Olympic Games ever to be held in South America and the second to be held in a developing country, after the 1968 games in Mexico City.

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Career

Bennett was born in Nelson in 1990, [4] where he was educated at Waimea College. [5] He originally took up cycle racing as a mountain biker, moving to Switzerland in 2009 to pursue his amateur career. [6] Bennett turned professional in 2012. [7] He competed with the RadioShack–Nissan squad for two seasons before moving to Cannondale in 2014. [2] [8] In October 2014 it was announced that he would join LottoNL–Jumbo for the 2015 season. [9] 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. [10] He was named in the start list for the 2016 Tour de France [11] and finished in 53rd place. [12] 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. [4]

Nelson, New Zealand City in Nelson City, New Zealand

Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. Nelson is the oldest city in the South Island and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand – it was established in 1841 and was proclaimed a city by royal charter in 1858.

Waimea College

Waimea College is a co-educational secondary school in Richmond, Tasman District, New Zealand. With a growing roll of 1500+ students from year groups 9–13, Waimea College is equipped with a park-like campus and numerous facilities.

Trek–Segafredo (mens team) American cycling team

Trek–Segafredo is a professional road bicycle racing team at UCI WorldTeam level licensed in the United States. Formerly RadioShack–Nissan, in 2014, Trek took over the ownership of the team and its ProTeam License.

He competed in the Men's individual road race at the 2016 Summer Olympics and came 33rd; he described the race as "absolutely" the toughest in his career, and 79 riders did not finish. [13]

Cycling at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Mens individual road race Olympic road cycling race

The men's road race was one of 18 cycling events of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The race started and finished on 6 August at Fort Copacabana and was won by Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium.

In racing, Did Not Finish (DNF) denotes a participant who does not finish a given race, either because of a mechanical failure, injury, or involvement in an accident. The term is used in all forms of racing, including automotive racing, horse racing, cycling, track and distance running, and skiing, among other types of racing. Athletes try very hard to avoid receiving a DNF, and many associate it with a negative stigma.

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. [14] Bennett also entered the 2017 Tour de France, and finished 7th on Stage 9, but retired midway through stage 16 when he came down with gastroenteritis. [15] [16] He would return to Girona to recover.

Tour of California recurring sporting event

The Tour of California is an annual professional cycling stage race on the UCI World Tour and USA Cycling Professional Tour. It is the only event on the top-level World Tour in the United States. It was first held in 2006. The eight-day race covers 650–700 miles (1,045–1,126 km) through the U.S. state of California.

2017 Tour de France French multiple stage bicycle race

The 2017 Tour de France was the 104th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The 21-stage race took place across 3,540 km (2,200 mi), commencing with an individual time trial in Düsseldorf, Germany on 1 July, and concluding with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris on 23 July. A total of 198 riders from 22 teams entered the race. The overall general classification won by Chris Froome of Team Sky, his fourth overall victory. Rigoberto Urán (Cannondale–Drapac) and Romain Bardet finished second and third, respectively.

Gastroenteritis Inflammation of the stomach and small intestine

Gastroenteritis, also known as infectious diarrhea, is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract—the stomach and small intestine. Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Fever, lack of energy and dehydration may also occur. This typically lasts less than two weeks. It is not related to influenza, though it has been called the "stomach flu".

Career achievements

Major results

2009
2nd Overall Tour de Vineyards
9th Overall New Zealand Cycle Classic
9th Overall Tour of Wellington
2010
2nd Overall Tour de Vineyards
1st Stage 3
9th Overall New Zealand Cycle Classic
9th Overall Tour of Wellington
2011
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall New Zealand Cycle Classic
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Wellington
3rd Overall Tour de Vineyards
2012
4th Overall Tour de Vineyards
2013
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
8th Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
2014
9th Overall Tour of Utah
9th Overall Tour de Vineyards
2015
5th Road race, National Road Championships
10th Overall Tour Down Under
2016
7th Overall Tour of California
10th Overall Vuelta a España
2017
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of California
7th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
2018
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
2019
6th Overall Paris–Nice

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 201320142015201620172018
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia 122 DNF 8
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France 53 DNF
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España 89 37 10 DNF 35
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
IPRace in progress

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