Kiwi rider George Bennett looks to clinch Tour Down Under lead

Bennett has been among the leading group in each stage to date.
Bennett has been among the leading group in each stage to date. Photo credit: Getty

Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has moved into contention with two stages to go in the Tour Down Under in Adelaide.

The 27-year-old finished in a small leading group in stage four on Friday to move to eighth overall, just 14 seconds off the lead.

The Nelson-product is well poised to overtake leader Peter Sagan with a good performance in the fifth stage on Saturday, the key to which will be mastering its gruelling summit finish on Willunga Hill.

Bennett shot to prominence after winning the Tour of California in May last year, becoming the first Kiwi to win a UCI World Tour event.

An impressive Tour de France followed, where he duelled with the likes of four-time winner Chris Froome and Spanish icon Alberto Contador before being hampered by post-viral fatigue.

The 151.5 km stage will get underway at approximately 1:40pm NZT.

Newshub.