George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) believes his comment that Chris Froome (Team Sky) ‘did a Landis’ as he won stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia with a long solo attack has been taken out of context, with the Kiwi rider insisting he is not batting for people on social media who are keen to believe and promote conspiracy theories about Froome’s performance.
Bennett spoke to a LottoNL-Jumbo video crew and Cyclingnews immediately after descending from the finish of stage 19 to the team bus parking in Bardonecchia. He finished more than eight minutes down on Froome, but such was the damage caused by the stage over the Colle delle Finestre that he moved up to ninth overall. He finished 14th on stage 20 to Cervinia and so climbed up to eighth after Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) cracked and lost 45 minutes.
Bennett didn’t immediately know the result of stage 19 on Friday and struggled to believe that Froome had managed to gain enough time to take the pink jersey.
“Did Froome stay away? No way!” Bennett said in astonishment on the video shot by his team.
“He did a Landis. Jesus!”
— LottoNLJumbo Cycling (@LottoJumbo_road) May 25, 2018
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