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Bennett happy with ninth in Spanish tour

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/03/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Kiwi cyclist George Bennett notches a second top-10 finish overall at a World Tour event.</span> © Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Kiwi cyclist George Bennett notches a second top-10 finish overall at a World Tour event. Leading Kiwi road professional George Bennett has continued his impressive start to 2017 by finishing ninth in cycling's Tour of Catalunya in Spain.

Bennett was ninth across the line in the seventh and final stage in Barcelona, leaving the Team LottoNI-Jumbo rider just over three minutes behind Spanish tour winner Alejandro Valverde of Spain.

The result comes a month after Bennett opened his 2017 World Tour campaign with a seventh placing on general classification at the four-day Abu Dhabi Tour.

Bennett's form belies a difficult off-season spoiled by glandular fever.

He was delighted with his performance in Spain and praised the teamwork of his Dutch outfit.

"Great week ripping around the hood with the boys," Bennett wrote on Twitter.

"Seriously hard at moments but one of our best as a team."

Bennett, 26, is coming off a breakthrough 2016 in which the highlight was his 10th placing at the Tour of Spain.

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