LottoNL-Jumbo have announced their Vuelta a Espana line up for the 2018 race. George Bennett will take to the start line in the company of a strong team that includes Tour of Utah winner Sepp Kuss and Tour de France 5th placed rider Steven Kruijswijk.
It’s been so good watching the emergence of LottoNL-Jumbo as a growing Grand Tour super power, and to look at the way they have performed in recent Grand Tours I don’t think we’re exaggerating their impact on cycling in recent years either. With George Bennett, Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk the team have three tried and proven GC options to call on in just about any grand tour going, whether for the mountains specialists or for the more well-rounded GC riders.
— LottoNLJumbo Cycling (@LottoJumbo_road) August 17, 2018
At the Vuelta a Espana George Bennett will be lining up for his second grand tour of the year. His first was at the Giro d’Italia where he improved on his history-making for New Zealand; placing 8th overall and setting the bar even higher as New Zealand’s highest placed rider in history at a Grand Tour. That result included placing 4th in stage 6 and 7th to Gran Sasso d’Italia.
Bennett’s first race back on the bike since the Giro d’Italia wetted the appetite over the possibilities in Spain as he finished a fine fourth place at the Tour de Pologne. The short sharp climbs – somewhat reminiscent of what we can expect at the Vuelta – saw Bennett shine as he finished third in stage 4 to Szczyrk, 7th in stage 6 and 5th in stage 7.
The team will have a dual leadership option in Kruijswijk, while Sepp Kuss of the USA will be a particularly exciting addition to the team. The 23 year old was sublime at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, where he won the mountains classification, three stages and the overall classification in style. While Kuss will be racing his first Vuelta a Espana, Steven Kruijswijk has two finishes in the pocket, with his best being 9th place in the 2017 race.
The LottoNL-Jumbo team for the 2018 Vuelta a Espana is:
Danny van Poppel
Floris De Tier
Bert Jan Lindeman