LottoNL-Jumbo’s Kiwi ended the short 101-kilometre stage in 22nd place, around 2:20 minutes back from the classification leaders. Warren Barguil won the stage.
“I just was not good enough today,” Bennett said. “The plan was to follow. I thought I would be stronger in the final because I felt quite good, but on that steep part I had a bad moment."
“Even if you just drop, a big group like that just rips time out of you. I was by myself. There was nothing I could do about it."
“I am disappointed, but there are still eight stages to go. I have to go full-gas on the Galibier or the Izoard stage. It is not over yet. I am going to recover and hope to be there again in a few days in the mountains.”
“Something like this can happen,” Sports Director Frans Maassen said. “It is a pity it happens, you hope he is able to ride as good as he did the other days."
“Today was a very though day. From the start to the finish the GC favourites went full-gas."
“Contador and Quintana were much stronger than yesterday, but a top-10 position is not lost already. We have to see how we get back there because I know George is able to finish in the first 10 in Paris. Maybe tomorrow someone else has a bad day. It is still possible.”