George Bennett hit by car right before Tour of the Alps!
Home » Magazine » Cycling » George Bennett hit by a car right before Tour of the Alps!

George Bennett hit by a car right before Tour of the Alps!

tour of the alps

 

LottoNL-Jumbo rider gets hit by a passing car during training right before the Tour of Alps but manages to still claim top-10 finish at yesterday’s first stage of the event.

 

He admitted to feeling ‘lucky to be alive’ after the accident which might have cost him more than a race.

 

Lucky Bennett

 

The New Zealand cyclist, at the moment of the accident, was training for the upcoming grand Tour (Giro d’Italia) and Tour of the Alps with his teammate Koen Bouwman when a passing vehicle turned into their path.

 

 

“I was going pretty fast on the time trial doing a recon for the Giro. I was riding fast and a car was coming the other way. It didn’t see us, and it turned left across the road and I went straight into the side of him and I went over. Luckily I went over the car but I ripped the roof rack off with my knees,” Bennett told Cyclingnews yesterday, before starting the opening stage.

 

“I was really lucky with how it happened. I’m lucky to be alive I think. It could have been me in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. I did a lot of thinking last night. It is pretty close to the anniversary of Scarponi and that’s pretty much what happened to him, and my friend Jason Lowndes died. It was a bit of a shock and this morning when I woke up I definitely knew that I’d been hit by a car.”

 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Bob Jungels

  Quick Step Floors’ rider Bob Jungels has won this year’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege race producing a spectacular performance to win what’s known as the oldest classic from the five monument races.   Canada’s rider Michael Woods (EF Education First/Drapac) claimed second place ahead of Fleche Wallonne champion Julian Alaphilippe, Jungels’ teammate.…

Read More >>
Tour of the alps 2018

Famous climber Thibaut Pinot has just won this season’s Tour of the Alps race while Ukraine’s rider Mark Padun claimed the final, fifth stage victory.   On the other hand, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome was able to take fourth place in the general classification as he now…

Read More >>
Sosa Tour of the Alps

It seemed Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec rider, Ivan Ramiro Sosa, would continue to be stay as the race leader being one of the main favourites of this season’s Tour of the Alps event.   However, luck wasn’t on his site the other day when the rider found himself giving away a four-minute advantage losing…

Read More >>
O'Connor Tour of the Alps

Dimension Data’s rider O’Connor grabbed yesterday’s third stage victory on a thrilling ride as he took the lead during the final eight kilometers of the short mountain route which started in Ora and ended in Merano.   Second place went to Pinot who crossed the finish line only five seconds…

Read More >>

Race Calendars