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Peter Sagan backs Sam Bennett for stage win in Argentina

Posted on: January 27th, 2019

Peter Sagan Vuelta a San Juan Sam Bennett

Peter Sagan is backing Sam Bennett for a stage at the Vuelta a San Juan. And he says he has not difficulty helping the Irishman if that’s what’s required on the road.

 

Former world champion Peter Sagan has tipped Sam Bennett for a stage win at the Vuelta a San Juan, saying some stages will suit the Irishman better.

While both are among the best finishers in the world, Bennett is more of a pure fastman.

And Sagan said as they are both in the same Bora-hansgrohe line-up in the Vuelta a San Juan, he will have no problem helping Bennett if required.

“Some stages suit me but we have Sam Bennett here too for the sprints. I think Sam is faster for the flatter stages.

“And, with me, there’s no problem helping him or being on the front for him,” he added on the eve the race’s opening stage later on Sunday.

Ireland is three hours ahead of the San Juan region in Argentina where the race is taking place. The racing is timed to finishing in the evenings local time.

Today’s opening stage, for example, starts at 6.45pm Irish time and will wrap up at about 10.30pm.

Peter Sagan, who has already won a stage at Tour Down Under in Australia, said he would love another win.

 

Peter Sagan Vuelta a San Juan Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett passes the jellies aroud; always an important job (Photo: VeloImages-Bora-hansgrohe)

 

But because it was still on January, Peter Sagan said he would go into the racing in Argentina more relaxed.

“A stage win would be good; maybe where there’s a small climb at the finish. We’ll see.”

“We decided to do some race kilometres in Australia and then here. After this I’ll focus on my training in Europe and do altitude training.”

As well as Sam Bennett and Peter Sagan in the race there are also a number of the fastest men in the world.

Fernando Gaviria makes his debut with UAE Team Emirates and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) is back after a long illness-related absence from racing.

Deceuninck-QuickStep have both Alvaro Hodeg and Max Richeze; the latter an Argentine who “won” the warm-up criterium last night.

 

Sam Bennett to get early chance

Twelve months ago Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) won the TT stage in Argentina; his first international pro victory.

Sam Bennett finished his 2018 season with a bang, taking three stages at the points classification at the Tour of Turkey.

And having come out of that race in great condition, and claimed three stages at the Giro last May, the coming season could be a huge one for him.

He’ll be looking to open his account immediately and gain momentum right from the start of the new campaign.

And he has an opportunity to win right away as today’s openin stage looks like it favours the sprinters in the field.

 

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