Bennett sprints to stage triumph

Mae Harvey
May 14, 2018

But Bennett stuck to his rival and just pipped the home favourite to the line to become the first Irish victor of a Giro stage since Stephen Roche in 1987. Bennett was the last to launch his sprint but the Irish rider managed to edge out Elia Viviani and claim his first win in a Grand Tour.

Some 26 seconds later Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) crossed the line to round off the podium and then it was a case of seeing how much damage to GC hopes the climb up Mount Etna made.

The two rode in sync to the line where Chaves was given right of passage to take the stage win by the Briton.

Friday's Stage 7 is a 159km route from Pizzo to Praia a Mare, following along Italy's eastern coast travelling north. "I had the power, I saw the files, so I knew what I was capable of, but it's one thing to have the belief and another to actually do it", said Bennett, who was third on stage 2 and stage 3, both won by Viviani.

New Zealand cyclist George Bennett has maintained his top 10 placing at the Giro d'Italia after stage seven on Saturday morning (NZ time).

Simon Yates took the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday after the British rider finished second on stage six, just behind Mitchelton-Scott teammate Esteban Chaves on the summit of Mount Etna.

Yates' fellow Brit - four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, is eight in the general classification, one minute and ten seconds behind his compatriot. A bit stressful at the final as always but OK. "It was good that with not the best legs I could still hang on", said Dumoulin in his post-stage media responsibilities. "I still need to get some time on Tom Dumoulin and some other guys who are better time trialists than me".

Stage eight tomorrow will consist of a 209km mountain stage from Praia a Mare to Montevergine.

In fact, many of them are packed with mountainous climbs and it will be a struggle for some of the fast man to make it as far as Rome on 27 May.

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