News | Team • August 10, 2021
George Bennett set to join UAE Team Emirates
Kiwi veteran signs on 2-year deal
George Bennett has put pen to paper on a deal which will see him in the colours of UAE Team Emirates next season, with the new contract running until the end of 2023.
The 31-year old climber is the current New Zealand road race champion and competed for his country at the recent Olympics in Tokyo.
Highlights of his palmares include overall victory at the Tour of California in 2017, a spectacular solo win at the Gran Piemonte semi-classic in 2020 and two top-10 Grand Tour finishes at the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta España.
George Bennett: “I’m really excited about my move to UAE Team Emirates. I’m looking forward to helping the team reach new heights across many races. I have seen the team take huge steps forward every year and this progression is something i really want to be a part of.
It’s also nice to link up with Finn Fisher-Black, as we both come from the same hometown in New Zealand. There’s an exciting group of young guys coming through at UAE and it’s great to be joining that environment and bringing my experience to the team.”
Mauro Gianetti (CEO & Team Principal) : “George is one of the best climbers in the peloton and we are thrilled to welcome him to the team. He brings a lot of experience and we feel he can play a pivotal role both through his sporting qualities and also as a reference for some of our younger riders.
Our expectation is that he will have his own opportunities but will also contribute his quality to working in a team role when called upon. We’re very pleased to have him on board as we continue to grow as a team. ”