Sam Bennett abandons Paris-Nice midway through stage

Posted on: March 6th, 2018

Sam Bennett abandons Paris-Nice

Sam Bennett abandons Paris Nice on stage 3: The Carrick-on-Suir sprinter has had a testing start to the season. But he will now hope to rally and be back to his best soon.


Sam Bennett abandons Paris-Nice on stage 3


Irish sprinter Sam Bennett has abandoned Paris-Nice on stage 3 today. The Carrick-on-Suir man fell ill and is out of the event.

His team said he became unwell overnight. Bennett started the stage today and battled to the feed zone.

However, his illness proved too much and he took the always difficult decision to climb off.

While he has already won a race this year – Race Melbourne – he has had a testing start to the season.

He travelled to Australia to get the 2018 campaign underway. However, he got sick on the journey out there and saw his training plans wiped out for about a week.

While he rode the Santos Tour Down Under, illness ruined the race for him. And now having fallen ill again he has been taken out of a race in which he took his first ever WorldTour win last season.

He will hope to recover and get back into peak action again as soon as possible.

Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) and Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) finished in the Paris-Nice peloton today.

It was slimmed down to just 70 riders after 210km from Bourges to Châtel-Guyon. That reduced peloton finished 38 seconds behind the breakaway.

Jonathan Hivert (Direct Energie) took victory on the day. Luis León Sánchez (Astana) was 2nd and took the race lead.

Remy di Gregorio (Delko Marseille Provence) was third. The three leaders had escaped on the last climb and made it all the way.

Heading into Wednesday’s TT, Sánchez has a lead of 28 seconds over Arnaud Demare (FDJ) whom he deposed from race leadership.

Dan Martin is in 23rd place, among a large group of riders 43 seconds back. Nicolas Roche is 60th at 2:19. Tomorrow’s TT is mostly flat over 18.4km.