20 Dec 2016

Illness scuppers Bennett's summer of cycling

6:58 am on 20 December 2016

Olympic cyclist George Bennett has had to change his schedule after sickness derailed his summer.

New Zealand cyclist George Bennett

New Zealand cyclist George Bennett Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Bennett, who is back home in Nelson, hasn't been on a bike for a couple of weeks after being confirmed with glandular fever.

It means he won't ride the Nationals or the Tour Down Under in Australia.

The 26 year old became the first New Zealander to finish in the top ten in a grand tour when he was tenth in the Tour of Spain.

Bennett says while it may not appear major, it is of concern to him as it has ended the professional careers of some riders.

"The teams being very cautious and basically taken my bike off me and taken a few races off my calender and making sure I'm sitting at home going slightly crazy."

"I think long term it's for the best, It's written off my New Zealand summer, but time the Tour de France comes around next year I'll be ready to go."

Bennett rides for the Dutch LottoNL-Jumbo team.