No Vuelta for Sam Bennett, but new contract just announced

Posted on: August 10th, 2017

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Irish sprinter Sam Bennett at the recent Tour of Slovenia, where he won two stages.


New Bora-hansgrohe contract for Sam Bennett


Sam Bennett will not ride the Vuelta but he has extended his time with Bora-hansgrohe.

The Carrick-on-Suir sprinter’s contract was coming to an end this year. But his team has just announced he will be staying in the fold next year.

“It was very important to me to extend our relationship with Sam Bennett,” said manager Ralph Denk.

“With his win in Paris-Nice he proved again to be one of the fastest riders in the peloton, and we think there is still room for improvements.

“With Rudi Selig we have an important helper in the lead-outs.”

While Peter Sagan’s arrival at the team and its promotion to WorldTour level represented big changes, Bennett has remained a key part of the set-up.

He won a stage of Paris-Nice this year, Race Melbourne and took two stages of the Tour of Slovenia.

He also held the leader’s jersey in Slovenia and won the points classification.

Sam Bennett was very unlucky to fall ill at the Giro d’Italia. It wiped out the first week of his race.

He would recover and take four top 3 placings, though a win just eluded him.

Most recently, Bennett was 11th in the elite road race at the European Championships. Four riders had been selected to assist him, though only two rode the event.

An Post-Chainreaction’s Sean McKenna and Damien Shaw put in an excellent effort to assist Bennett.

Unfortunately Ryan Mullen was called away Cannondale-Drapac once his bronze medal TT ride was completed. The team wanted him to rest for the BinckBank Tour which is currently underway.

Matt Brammeier was also selected to ride, though it was unclear why he was not on the start line.

Meanwhile, Bora-hansgrohe also revealed today it has signed Italian climber Davide Formolo. And it has extended contracts with a number of others.

Those who have agreed new contracts include Christoph Pfingsten, Michael Schwarzmann and Rudi Selig.

The latter, a German strongman, has combined very well with Sam Bennett in leading him out this year.

Bora-hansgrohe has gone for something of a surprise line-up at the Vuelta. Neither Sam Bennett nor Peter Sagan is in the team.

Bora-hansgrohe unveiled its Vuelta team yesterday. It includes Cesare Benedetti, Emanuel Buchmann, Michael Kolar, Patrick Konrad and Rafal Majka.

Also in the team are Christoph Pfingsten, Pawel Poljanski, Andreas Schillinger and Michael Schwarzmann.