Safe and out of trouble as the sprinters have their day, George Bennett is primed and ready for the GC battle that will take place on the climbs of the Santos Tour Down Under. We caught up with the LottoNL-Jumbo rider to ask a few questions.
RC: First of all you’re back into the World Tour for 2016. After your summer season and the nationals in Napier, how are you feeling heading into this year?
George: Still a bit disappointed from nationals but there’s no time to dwell on it, in general I feel pretty good, maybe a bit on the “fresh” side but I think it will pay off later in the year, I’m a lot more comfortable with things, I’m really happy in the team now, everything seems familiar from the equipment to the staff and riders, I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.
RC: What are you looking for from the Tour Down Under this year?
George: I’d be happy with a top ten overall, I haven’t put many miles in yet – the team have me saving my bullets for the spring – but I have managed some really good power training and I think that’s enough to get you some good results over here, it’s all short and sharp so I’ll see how things go.
RC: With it being the first World Tour event of the year and first race for many, have these opening stages been a bit more laid back or with everyone having fresh legs has that meant the intensity is very high?
George: The first two days have actually been pretty chilled as far as Tour Down Under goes, always hot and a bit hectic in the finals but compared to the other World Tour races it’s been nice, I think that all ends tomorrow though and we will see the gloves come off on the Corkscrew.