After self-doubts, George Bennett finds his stride for Tour de France

PLATEAU DE SALAISON FRANCE JUNE 12 George Bennett of New Zealand and UAE Team Emirates aduring the 74th Criterium du Dauphine 2022 Stage 8 a 1388km stage from SaintAlbanLeysse to Plateau de Salaison 1495m WorldTour Dauphin on June 12 2022 in Plateau de Salaison France Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
George Bennett on the attack on the final day of the Dauphiné (Image credit: Getty Images)

George Bennett was typically to-the-point when asked to sum up seven eighths of his time at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné. "I was pretty sh*t-ass," he said after the final stage. 

But it was that final stage that saw him turn things around and, in the context of a season of setbacks, hit some of the right notes in time for the Tour de France. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.