New Zealand’s George Bennett has described as “actual nasty” the stage 6 Vuelta a España pile-up that saw four riders, together with former race chief Nicolas Roche (Workforce Sunweb), abandon the race.
The Jumbo-Visma rider was considered one of three from his crew who went down, together with Tony Martin and American Neilson Powless – each of whom had already crashed within the stage 1 crew time trial.
That crash on Saturday noticed Steven Kruijswijk lastly abandon on stage four with an injured knee, while after the stage 6 pile-up Bennett, like Powless and Martin, might proceed to race.
“I’m undecided if it was somebody from EF who went down first or if it was Tony [Martin],” Bennett instructed reporters when requested what prompted the crash. “It was actual nasty. I don’t really feel too good after it, however I really feel so much higher than the fellows in hospital.
“That’s a part of racing – crashing. It was all going all proper with [Primoz] Roglic’s outcomes, however we hold hitting the deck, and that’s not good.”
Bennett pulled no punches when explaining that if you’re nicely sufficient to proceed at a WorldTour race, the one possibility is to go on.
“What are you able to do?” he requested. “In case you crash, you’ll be able to’t actually sulk in a [WorldTour] race. You simply received to get on with it, as a result of nobody provides a shit in the event you crash. You have to hold going,” he mentioned.
“It’s unlucky that Tony, Neilson and I all went down, and I’ll possibly discuss to the physician. I do know the opposite two are all good. We’ll take a look and hopefully in a number of days’ time we will overlook about right this moment.”
The crash itself continues what has been an exceptionally hectic, unpredictable and fraught begin to the Vuelta a España this yr.
The opening crew time trial, basically designed to determine some restricted variations between the GC favourites’ squads, noticed Jumbo-Visma and UAE Workforce Emirates concerned in main pile-ups and lose time, while stage 2, nominally transitional, noticed the GC struggle explode as six prime names broke away.
But each on stage 5’s and stage 6’s summit finishes, though there was a GC battle, the wrestle for the lead has but to really develop. That is one thing that Bennett, for one, attributes to the riders’ eager consciousness of simply how troublesome the second half of the Vuelta shall be.
“There would have been a time bonus for [overall contender Miguel Angel] Lopez on stage 5,” Bennett identified – if Lopez’s Astana crew had labored for the stage win fairly than letting the break keep away.
“However we don’t actually care who’s profitable in the meanwhile,” he mentioned. “As unusual because it sounds, we’re extra within the second and third week – that’s once you received’t see it like this.”
Weeks two and three of the Vuelta function a brutally troublesome sequence of climbs in northern Spain, after which on the finish of the third week there’s one other main mountain showdown round Madrid.
“We’ve all seen the highway e book. It has been a tough begin, however we don’t need to commit guys as a result of everyone knows what’s coming.”