George Bennett: Vuelta a Espana crash was ‘real nasty’

New Zealand’s George Bennett has described as “real nasty” the stage 6 Vuelta a España  pile-up that saw four riders, including former race leader Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb), abandon the race.

The Jumbo-Visma rider was one of three from his team who went down, including Tony Martin and American Neilson Powless – both of whom had already crashed in the stage 1 team time trial.

That crash on Saturday saw Steven Kruijswijk finally abandon on stage 4 with an injured knee, whilst after the stage 6 pile-up Bennett, like Powless and Martin, could continue to race.

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“I’m not sure if it was someone from EF who went down first or if it was Tony [Martin],” Bennett told reporters when asked what caused the crash. “It was real nasty. I don’t feel too good after it, but I feel a lot better than the guys in hospital.

“That’s part of racing – crashing. It was all going all right with [Primoz] Roglic’s results, but we keep hitting the deck, and that’s not good.”

Bennett pulled no punches when explaining that if you are well enough to continue at a WorldTour race, the only option is to go on.

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