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Video: Disappointed Bennett swamped in hectic Turkey finish

Posted on: October 13th, 2018

Sam Bennett has been flying in Turkey. But on the fifth stage today he had to be content with 4th place.

 

QuickStep lost its fastest man, Fernando Gaviria, on the opening day of the Tour of Turkey but its strength in depth bagged a second stage win today.

Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) had to be content with 4th on this afternoon’s stage 5. But he has already won two stages and led the race.

And though he was disappointed with his result today, he retains his points classification jersey.

That’s a classification he didn’t win 12 months ago even though he claimed four of the six stages.

Today after 137.3km into Manisa it was QuickStep who claimed another victory after a great team performance.

While Gaviria went home after his opening stage crash, QuickStep still won that opener thanks to Maximiliano Richeze who slipped clear on the last corner.

And today his team mate Álvaro José Hodeg took victory in the bunch sprint after his team had put on a perfect lead-out.

Sam Bennett’s team aided him by helping pull back the breakaway and position him close to the finish.

But while Bennett was latched on to the back of the QuickStep train and looked poised to pounce, he got swamped.

Despite the speed of the QuickStep lead=out train, there was a lot of movement at the head of the bunch just behind the men in blue.

And when Trek-Segafredo, working for John Degenkolb, moved up to the front along with a number of other riders, Bennett was caught out a little.

Hodeg made no mistake, pouncing perfectly to win. And just behind him Bennett had to settle for finishing one place off the podium.

In the runner-up spot today was Degenkolb and then Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) followed by Bennett.

Yesterday’s queen stage winner Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) retains the race lead after finishing safely in the bunch today.

Haas was the big mover in the overall today; his four second time bonus lifting him two places to 2nd on GC.

The Australian climbed with the best yesterday; finishing in the 13-man lead group on the uphill finish.

He is now four seconds off the race lead. Furthermore, a top three on tomorrow’s sprint stage would likely win him the overall title.

In 3rd place overall is the man who finished just behind Lutsenko on Friday’s testing finish; Diego Ulissi.

The UAE Team Emirates rider is also four seconds off the race lead; on the same time as Haas.

And he too could win the race outright on time bonuses on tomorrow’s final stage in Istanbul.

Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) was 5th on the queen stage on Friday. And he started today in 10th overall at 10 seconds. He stays in that position, at the same deficit.

Bennett leads the points classification with a big advantage. He has 56 points to Hodeg’s 41 after the young Colombian’s win today.

Bennett had the jersey going into the final stage last year. But while he was favourite to win that stage, and bring his tally for the 2017 race to five, he crashed close to the finish.

That cost him not only the chance to take another win, but also the points classification. Tomorrow he will look to avoid that same mishap.

The points classification looks assured for Sam Bennett barring mishap, though he will also want to bring his stage victory tally to three for this year.

 

Stage 5 sprint finish

 

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