Irish cyclist Sam Bennett hit hard by illness in Australia

Posted on: January 11th, 2018

Irish cyclist Sam Bennett illness

Sam Bennett ill in Australia. Unable to train, he has been separated from his team and given his own room, to help contain the illness. He’s been unable to train and said the illness has hit him hard.


Irish cyclist Sam Bennett hit by illness in Australia


Having enjoyed a brilliant end of the 2017 season with four stage wins at the Tour of Turkey, Sam Bennett has fallen ill in Australia.

The Irishman is part of Bora-hansgrohe’s line-up for the Tour Down Under. And he was also due to ride several other races in Australia.

However, he has been ill for most of the past week. And the team has kept him away from other riders so they don’t also become ill.

Bennett has barely trained since arriving in Australia. His racing stint there was due to start with Sunday’s People’s Choice Criterium.

However, his illness and lack of training may mean he opts to recover rather than race.

He told cyclingnews he caught a head cold from the flight to Australia. And his illness has worsened since then.

“I got something on the flight over here and then on the first day of training I was doing 180 watts and my heart-rate was at 160,” he said.

“The next day I couldn’t train. And I’ve not been able to train for about a week now. I did do three hours yesterday but didn’t feel good.

“I’ll see how I go today and then tomorrow it’s a rest-day and it’s meant to be raining. It’s just a head cold and I was really bunged up.

“I thought that I’d get rid of it in a day or two but everyday it’s just dragged on.”

He said he was hoping to race this weekend as he needed a good work out before the Tour Down Under.

And the illness has also hit some of this team mates and indeed other teams.

“I’m better than last week, but yesterday I did two hours and the energy levels were gone at that point. We’ll see. I feel a bit better today,” he said.

“Before that, I was really happy with the off-season. I managed to stay healthy all season. So it’s a pity I got sick here.”