George Bennett surprised at third place on Tour de Pologne's first summit finish
08 August 2018 04:14
Prior to stage 4 of the Tour de Pologne, gambling on Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) or Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) to win the uphill finish would have felt like a fairly safe bet. Indeed, Kwiatkowski won the stage, with Teuns in second place. But placing money on George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) to take third on the stage – as the New Zealander managed to do – might well have felt a bit riskier. Quite apart from Pologne being his first race back since the Giro d'Italia, earlier on stage 4 he'd not felt all that great, as Bennett told Cyclingnews afterwards. "That was surprising," Bennett said, shortly after stepping onto the podium to receive the fans' applause for his third place on the day. "I hate saying that, because I can't have felt that bad if I got third, but I actually felt quite rubbish before, and I knew how hard the final climb was because I'd watched a video of it [from 2017]. ADVERTISEMENT "And then we went for it anyway, and when I thought we had 300 metres to go, I was thinking, 'I'm in trouble,' but then I saw the 100-metres-to-go sign and I actually thought the Movistar guy [early attacker Richard Carapaz] was still in front. "But we were just going, and Michal put his hands up, and I was, like, 'Oh, shit, I got third.' "I'm happy, I'm relieved, because I wasn't feeling good at all," said Bennett. "But obviously I wasn't feeling that bad, because I ended up third."
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