Happy, relieved Sam Bennett savours win after quiet mid-season

Posted on: October 10th, 2018

Sam Bennett won the stage and holds the race leader’s jersey and points classification lead.


Sam Bennett relieved with Turkey sprint win


Sam Bennett said he was relieved to win stage 2 of the Tour of Turkey. The relief was due to his winning after a quieter period.

He won three stages of the Giro in May and then followed that up with a victory in Rund um Köln (1.1).

However, with that success comes expectation and Bennett was clearly delighted to be back to winning ways today.

“I’m happy. It’s a bit of a relief. I came here after a quiet mid-season,” he said of his bunch sprint victory ahead of QuickStep’s Álvaro José Hodeg.

“I won’t say I can relax now but some of the pressure has gone. There are still some opportunities to come.

“And the guys did a fantastic job today,” he said, adding he was very thankful for Bora-hansgrohe’s work.

“In the finale, I didn’t really know if we’d caught the breakaway or not. With around 10km to go it was so dangerous that I just had to concentrate on what I was doing.”


Sam Bennett and his Bora-hansgrohe team were thrilled to take a victory; not to mention the race leader’s jersey.


Bennett was so focussed on avoiding crashes and staying safe he was unclear when he crossed the line if anyone was ahead, which muted his celebration.

“There was talking on the earpiece, and I would have liked to have put my hands up. But QuickStep came with about 500-600m to go and it was perfect positioning.

“It’s always good to get a victory going into the off-season. It keeps the morale high when you don’t have much racing.

“I’m really happy with the win. I had a good week’s block of training coming in to the race. And the whole team were in good morale so we hoped we could do well this week.

“The plan was to at least get one win at some point because we knew it wasn’t going to be easy as there’s such a strong contingent of sprinters here his year.

“It’s a real shame that (Fernando) Gaviria crashed yesterday. We were looking forward to that battle to see who would come out on top. You always want to test yourself against the best guys.”



Sam Bennett continued: “I had fresh legs going into (the sprint) and the team controlled it well today. We had great power when we needed it.

“It was quite dangerous out there to be honest because there were quite a lot of teams trying to break up our line and a lot of pushing going on.

“When it came to the finish we knew we had to be quite powerful to get the position we wanted. And I thought the team did that really well.

“At the finish, I just saw the two QuickStep guys go quite early and I was waiting for the wheel.

“I got on to Alvaro (Hodeg) at about 300m. And thankfully when I went for the sprint I had enough to hold everyone off. It was a fairly long 200m though.”

With four stages remaining, Sam Bennett said he was chasing at least one more win, having claimed four stages last year.

“I have a great team here to support me. My start of the season was good but my middle part of this year wasn’t what I wanted. So it would be good to end it strongly.

“But I am expecting it to be hard this week. There’s some strong teams here. At some point I expect Trek-Segafredo to try and do something with the strong guys they have.

“But anyone can win because of the types of finishes we’ve seen. So a lot of it is about positioning and making sure I am in the right place, which thankfully I was today.”