Refreshingly, many of the new generation emerging in cycling are unencumbered by clear memories of the sport’s recent past. It is partly in that context that the reaction of the New Zealander George Bennett to Chris Froome’s Giro d’Italia winning performance on Friday en route to Bardonecchia has to be seen.
Confronted with the news that Froome had held out over 80 kilometres over three mountains to take the overall lead, Bennett – captured on video by his Lotto-NL team’s social media people and by the website cyclingnews.com – could not hide his disbelief. “Did Froome stay away? No way. He did a Landis. Jesus!” His reference was to Floyd Landis’s astonishing comeback to win at Morzine in the 2006 Tour de France, which set up the American as, provisionally, the overall winner, until a positive test for testosterone was announced.
Written by William Fotheringham
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/27/chris-froome-giro-victory-questions-adverse-analytical-finding under the title “Chris Froome’s Giro victory will lead only to more contortions”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.