Bennett puts China Glory Cycling on the map with a spectacular effort in Turkey

Sean Bennet showed his strong climbing capabilities in the queen stage of the Tour of Turkey. The American was in the mix when it mattered on the steep final climb and ultimately finished seventh.

Bennett was aggressive, followed attacks, and tried himself to break away. In the end, the rider from CGC got the team its first top 10 in its history.

Right after the finish, Bennett was particularly thankful for the team’s management. “I am so happy that I have the opportunity to still be racing.”

“Even when I thought I would not get a contract any more, and that my career was over, I kept working because I just really love to train.”

“Today I never gave up on the bike, and I also never gave up when I was out of contract. I am just very thankful to this team.”

Earlier in the stage, Reinier Honig represented the Chinese team in the breakaway of the day. After 130 kilometers, the break was caught, which was right before the final climb.

Bennett found himself in a good position, and swiftly followed some riders moving up the bunch. Soon he was racing uphill against some of the best climbers in the world, including Nairo Quintana and Jay Vine.

“The team helped me so well before the final climb. I really wanted to give something back to them. I wish I could have ridden to the podium, and bring the flowers to the team bus.”

On the last steep section, Bennett tried to get a gap himself, but his competitors did not let him go.

The American is now eighth in the general classification, 57 seconds behind the race leader. He is well on his way to giving CGS its first top 10 in a final classification, in the team’s first race ever.

Team manager Maarten Tjallingii: “This is what we need as a team. We are super excited about this result. Bennett was on fire. We can work with this result, and the team is very happy.”