Sam Bennett: I don’t want to be in a team stuck behind other riders

Posted on: June 11th, 2019

Sam Bennett talks team transfer: The Irish cyclist was quizzed about his plans after his Criterium du Dauphine stage 3 win today.

Having galloped in so impressively for his seventh win of the season at Criterium du Dauphine today, Sam Bennett was inevitably quizzed on his plans for next year.

His contract with Bora-hansgrohe expires at the end of the current season and he is one of the hottest properties on the transfer market.

That he will leave the team seems certain; his frustration at his non-selection for the Giro was clear and he confirmed today he would not ride the Tour either.

Pascal Ackermann was the team’s sprinter at the Giro; winning two stages and the points classification. And at the Tour, the team has Peter Sagan in a star role.

When asked about what team he would ride for next year, Sam Bennett said there were several offers being considered.

His next move would be about finding a team with a program that suited him and which also provided full support.

“I want to grow as a rider, and I think there’s a few offers on the table,” he said after his win.

“I want to be able to show myself. I don’t want to be stuck behind any other riders. It’s a tough decision, but there’s a few options.”

Archbold is just about visible with one arm raised in the background long before Bennett hit the finish line; the Kiwi was that confident Bennett would do the business

While today’s win looked very straight forward, the cold and pressure to be fastest both had an impact on the Irishman.

“I was a little bit nervous today, I always find it harder when I’m the point of reference in the sprint,” he said.

“When there’s other sprinters with full trains it’s easier to gauge where you need to be off them. I felt today they were watching where I am, I found that hard.

“I was a little bit worried with how my legs were after the last two days. It was so cold during the stage; you’re always going to feel bad when it’s that cold.”

He said Shane Archbold had worked really well to get him onto the front to begin his sprint, adding the whole team had done a great job for him.

“I’m trying to get a win in each stage race I go to. Sometimes it’s hard to do; to keep that consistency all year.”

To date he has won at least one stage in every stage race he’s ridden with the exception of the Tour of Romandie.

In the Swiss race there was only one stage for sprinters. But Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ) survived from an early breakaway to take a solo victory.

And that meant Sam Bennett had to be content with winning the sprint for 2nd place on the day.

Aside from that race he won a stage at the Vuelta a San Juan, UAE Tour and two stages apiece at Paris-Nice and the Tour of Turkey.