News Shorts: Sam Bennett in race action, Nicolas Roche at Vuelta

Posted on: September 9th, 2018

Sam Bennett enjoyed a very strong late season last year, dominating in the Tour of Turkey sprints, above.


Ireland’s Sam Bennett will be in race action for Bora-hansgrohe late on Sunday Irish time in Canada.

The Giro d’Italia treble stage winner was due to the start the 195km Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (1.UWT).

And with his team having won the race last year with Diego Ulissi, it will be hoping for more success this time around.

Bennett is in the Bora-hansgrohe line-up with Felix Grossschartner, Patrick Konrad, Pawel Poljanski, Peter Kennaugh, Gregor Mühlberger and Christoph Pfingsten.

They have already been in action in Canada, riding Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on Friday. Kennaugh almost won the race with some aggressive riding.

However, his late solo attack came to an end within sight of the finish line. Bennett was a non-finisher in Québec.

Meanwhile, over at the Vuelta in Spain Nicolas Roche has said he was satisfied with his attack on stage 14.

The BMC Racing man, who goes to Team Sunweb next season, was clear for most of the stage in a six-man escape.

He was one of the last men standing in the move, which gained almost four minutes at one point, before being caught by the general classification group with 26km remaining.

And while team mate Brent Bookwalter was in the move and was also caught, Nicolas Roche said it was good to be up the road again.

“I was happy to be in the breakaway and back out at the front of the race,” he said of the breakaway which was given little leeway because Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) was in it.

“We knew it was going to be difficult to make it to the finish especially when we were really only ever given three minutes.

“It was good to have Brent in there with me too. And we gave it everything we had. So I think even though we were caught, we can be happy with our effort.”