New Zealander George Bennett reveals his latest plans for this year’s grand tours. Apparently, the rider will skip Tour de France and will mostly focus on Giro and Vuelta.
However, Bennett’s plan doesn’t only include these two grand tours. He has also revealed that this season, there are three major goals he expects to achieve and one of them include the World Championships.
This means Bennett, 27, won’t become part of the Tour and also, won’t try to defend his Tour of California title.
A well-thought programme
Bennett’s race program is carefully designed by his LottoNL-Jumbo squad which has tried to make sure the rider can showcase his best potential at this season’s events, especially at the Giro which is set tot take place in May.
Despite this carefully-planned program for 2018, Bennett’s year didn’t start as he planned. In December, he had to undergo a surgery that would help him deal with the median cruciate syndrome. Which is the reason why he has suffered from side stitches. It was only a few weeks before the end of January when Bennett finally showed some recovery signs.
“The Giro is 100 per cent GC focus and probably the Vuelta as well at this stage. That is the plan. I am quite looking forward to starting a Grand Tour as a GC leader and having a bit of a team around me. It looks like a really cool course actually so I am quite excited,” Bennett said.