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Sam Bennett abandons Paris-Nice midway through stage 7

Posted on: March 16th, 2019

Sam Bennett abandons Paris-Nice

Sam Bennett has abandoned Paris-Nice 2019 on Saturday’s stage 7. The Irish pro cyclist had enjoyed a great run on the race with two wins and a 4th place taking him into the points leader’s jersey.

 

Sam Bennett abandoned Paris-Nice today during the seventh stage of the race. The Bora-hansgrohe man was among a number of riders to stop on the road today.

While he took two stages in the race, yesterday and on stage 3, the final weekend of action is for the climbers.

And with nothing on offer for Sam Bennett to ride for it appears he has decided to take an early bath.

There were no reports that he had suffered any illness or crashes at the time of writing. However, we’ll bring you more news as we get it.

Even before the stage started it was clear the sprinters’ hearts weren’t in it. A number of them did not sign in.

Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) crashed yesterday and while he remounted and finished he was a non-starter today.

Joining him in calling it quits was the winner of the opening two stages and former yellow jersey Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma).

Edvald Boasson Hagen of Dimension-Data joined the others in having a ‘duvet day’, so to speak.

 

 

After winning yesterday’s stage, his second victory in four days, the Irish rider said he was delighted with his form.

He felt in great condition and said that everything seemed to be on track for an assault on Milan-Sanremo next week.

Today’s stage at Paris-Nice took the riders 181.5km from Nice to the summit finish on the Col de Turini; the second of two cat 1 climbs one after the other.

And tomorrow’s final stage is a short sharp 110km starting and finishing in Nice with four cat 2 ascents and two cat 1 climbs.

Bennett was the only Irish rider in the race. And with him now out, it brings Irish interest in Paris-Nice to a close; though some fantastic racing remains.

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