George Bennett and LottoNL-Jumbo continue aggressive Vuelta a Espana strategy
04 September 2018 07:45
LottoNL-Jumbo have been one of the key aggressors in the opening stages of the Vuelta a Espana, and George Bennett says that we can expect more of the same from the Dutch squad in the coming week. Both Bennett and his teammate Steven Kruijswijk are in contention for not just the podium but the overall race lead, and the New Zealander believes that the best way to ascend the overall classification is to ride aggressively. "We need to keep racing how we have been with the big guys leading us into all of the key sections, and we need to keep on climbing," Bennett told Cyclingnews in Salamanca at the start of stage 10. "We wanted to be aggressive because we have me and Stevie [Kruijswijk] and we know we are two of the strongest climbers here.ADVERTISEMENT "An aggressive race suits us. It hasn't just been on the two mountaintop finishes, it was also on the day that Gallopin won and I think it suits us. We've been good. It just suits us to try something and why not. In the top 10, if you're eighth or ninth it's nice but we need to be better and that means taking the race to people." As the race resumed after the first rest day, Bennett showed that he is prepared to continue to take on the race and not just follow by picking up the one available bonus second at the stage 10 intermediate sprint. It is one less second to worry about in the mountains to come and brings his gap to the red jersey down to 47 seconds. During the first week, Bennett lost ground in the opening time trial but has been consistently with the top climbers since and gradually climbed the rankings as others have fallen by the wayside. However, the week ended on a slightly sour note when he lost touch with a group of attackers, which contained several of the overall race favourites, on the summit finish to La Covatilla. It's one of the few regrets Bennett has from the first nine days of racing.
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