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Tour de France: George Bennett knocks fan over

LottoNL-Jumbo's Kiwi rider floors spectator with hit an All Black forward would be proud of...

Rider safety has been in the spotlight for the second day running at the Tour de France today, with helicopter footage capturing the moment LottoNL-Jumbo rider George Bennett collided with a fan who stepped into the road as the race headed through Andorra.

Luckily the New Zealander wasn't travelling at high speed, but even so we're guessing the impact would have been akin to getting flattened by an All Black forward, and it resulted in the fan crashing to the ground and, presumably, pretty dazed.

Bennett, aged 26 and making  his debut in the race, managed to stay upright and finished the stage in seventh place and rises to 33rd overall, more than 26 minutes down on race leader Chris Froome of Team Sky.

Yesterday, on his way to winning Stage 8 of the race and take the yellow jersey, Froome was filmed hitting a fan who had got far too close for comfort. the defending champion was fined 200 Swiss Francs as a result of the incident.

> Tour de France: Chris Froome smacks a spectator

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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