Bennett “really looking forward” to Milan-Sanremo in current form

Posted on: March 15th, 2019

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Sam Bennett said when you’re strong you’re always in the right place in the sprints. And given his form he can’t wait for his first big goal, Milan-Sanremo.

 

On a roll now with two wins in Paris-Nice and four for the season to date, Sam Bennett has said Milan-Sanremo is his first goal of the season.

And he believes today’s stage at Paris-Nice, with climbs close to the finish followed by a sprint, was prefect preparation for the Italian classic.

While that race has been won by Grand Tour winners and some of the world’s best climbers, it has also proven a happy hunting ground for sprinters.

Arnaud Demare was the last fast man to win, in 2016, and it was he that Sam Bennett beat into 2nd place today.

Other sprinters to win in the last decade include Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff and John Degenkolb.

Bennett can climb better than any of them and at the moment he is among the fastest me in the world.

Furthermore, based on his current form and with his confidence so high, Bennett has every right to count himself as one of the hot favourites for Milan-Sanremo.

 

 

And having won so convincingly today, he will go to the start line on Saturday week hotly tipped.

Today he took his second stage in three days. He was also 4th on the opening day and so leads the point classification.

He has a four-point lead over yellow jersey Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). And the winner of the two opening stages, Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma, is next another point back.

With Kwiatkowski expected to figure on the hillier stages to come it may be hard for Sam Bennett to keep the jersey.

However, the fact he has taken it and won two stages continues his dream start to the season; and just when he is preparing to sign a new contract.

I wanted to go hard today because it was a perfect stage in terms of preparation for Sanremo,” he said after his victory on Friday’s stage 6 of Paris-Nice.

“I thought I wouldn’t be able to survive the second last climb, but I made it. In the last few kilometers I had really good legs.”

 

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Sam Bennett came through with another late surge to break French hearts and take another win.

 

Sam Bennett continued of his win: “I knew there is no need to panic, I just had to follow my teammates who did a fantastic job.

“I got almost boxed in on the final meters but made my way through. I could beat some of the best sprinters once again.

“I am really looking forward to Sanremo now, which is my first goal of the season,” he said, adding he felt he was now on a great run.

“When you have the confidence, everything’s flowing. For a sprinter, when he’s winning, everything is going so smooth,” he explained.

“You don’t have to fight for it; it’s just happening. The form is here, I’m feeling good.

“When you’re strong enough, you’re always in the right position. I’m just enjoying the moment.

“It was a pretty hectic finale with some hard climbs. The team did amazingly to put me in great position again. All I had to do was to follow the guys and have trust in them.”

 

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