George Bennett on track in opening Giro d’Italia TT despite minor pacing errors

Team JumboVisma rider New Zealands George Bennett competes in the first stage of the Giro dItalia 2021 cycling race a 86 km individual time trial on May 8 2021 in Turin Photo by Luca Bettini AFP Photo by LUCA BETTINIAFP via Getty Images
George Bennett (Jumbo Visma) during the first stage of the 2021 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

George Bennett completed the opening time trial of the 2021 Giro d’Italia regretting “getting it a little bit wrong with the pacing” but with good feelings about his start and arguably even better ones about Jumbo-Visma’s collective performance.

Together with Deceuninck-Quick Step, Jumbo-Visma were the only team to place three riders in the top ten of the Turin time trial and while Bennett himself finished well outside the highest echelons on the stage he was still well-placed in the mix in terms of the main group of GC favourites.

While the New Zealander’s GC options remain solidly on track thanks to his 52nd place, 41 seconds down on stage winner Filippo Ganna (Ineos-Grenadiers), Bennett had no doubt that his team-mates were Jumbo-Visma’s stand-out performers. The best placed of them was Edoardo Affini in second, then it was Tobias Foss in third and Jos van Emden came sixth.

"It was a really good day for us, when you see what  Edo’, Toby and Jos did and how good they were, that’s already a great start for us,” Bennett said.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.