George Bennett: Il Lombardia will be a cool battle with Evenepoel

BAROLO ITALY AUGUST 12 Arrival George Bennett of New Zealand and Team JumboVisma Celebration Diego Ulissi of Italy and Team UAE Team Emirates during the 104th Giro del Piemonte 2020 a 187km race from Santo Stefano Belbo to Barolo 294m GranPiemonte GranPiemonte on August 12 2020 Barolo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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The new summer date for Il Lombardia, just two weeks before the start of the Tour de France, has given George Bennett a chance to target his favourite Classic of the season and proposed an especially fascinating battle with Remco Evenepoel.

Bennett still has the modesty of a hard-working mountain domestique but his victory at Gran Piemonte on Wednesday and Jumbo-Visma's renewed strengths as a team suggest the Kiwi is likely to be one of the few riders who can go with or even drop Evenepoel on the key Civiglio climb during the finale of Saturday's race.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.