Kiwi cyclist George Bennett moves into top 10 of Giro d'Italia

Kiwi cyclist George Bennett moves into top 10 of Giro d'Italia

Kiwi cyclist George Bennett moves into top 10 of Giro d'Italia

Sam Bennett took the spoils on the flat and fast stage seven of the Giro d'Italia in Praia a Mare today.

The Irishman, who rides for Bora-Hansgrohe, jumped Italian rival Elia Viviani in the final stages of the 159 kilometres route from Pizzo.

Some 26 seconds later Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) crossed the line to round off the podium and then it was a case of seeing how much damage to GC hopes the climb up Mount Etna made. Four times he finished in the top three on stages, usually denied by a Quick-Step Floors rider in the maglia ciclamino - namely Fernando Gaviria. "So I got confidence from the fact that they can go a little bit deeper than me with their spikes of power, but that they can't sustain it, and I have to keep reminding myself of that".

"I feel relieved", Bennett, who was second, third, third and third on stages last year and third twice in this year, said afterwards.

"I just missed it, sadly, but it's certainly within reach later ... and really I'm so pleased to be up there with the best again on one of the most iconic climbs around and in the Giro d'Italia".

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Yates is one of the favourites for final victory, along with reigning champ Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands and Briton Chris Froome.

Simon Yates soared up Mount Etna to take over as the new Giro d'Italia leader and his team-mate Esteban Chaves is up to third after winning a gruelling stage six.

"It was just me and (Italian rider Domenico) Pozzovivo attacking and we were stronger than them (Chaves and Yates).well I don't know if we were, maybe they were smarter but they deserved to win", said Bennett.

"Tomorrow, if I have the legs, I might try something". The finish point of the day on the mountain is the second category of MONTEVERGINE di Mercogliano with a length of 17.1 kilometer.

As Sam Bewley comments when interviewed after following the end of the stage, "it's a long way to go to Rome, but things are looking good" for the team.

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