Huge blow as Sam Bennett crashes in Slovenia final sprint

Posted on: June 16th, 2017

Sam Bennett Tour de Slovenia

Sam Bennett limps home bloodied with other crashed riders including Mark Cavendish in Slovenia.


Huge blow as Sam Bennett crashes in final sprint


After winning the opening stage of the Tour of Slovenia and taking the race lead, Sam Bennett has today crashed.

The Irish rider came down in a nasty fall just before the finish and so lost his chances of another victory.

And though he was credited with the same time as the bunch he lost his race lead.

Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott) came home the winner, having finished 3rd on the opening stage yesterday.

He also took the race lead thanks to his victory.

The 169.9km stage around Ljubljana was hit by rain in the last hour.

And when the speed went up there were a number of crashes, especially on the bends on the course.

Sam Bennett and some of his Bora-hansgrohe men came down; the lead-out riders just before 1km to go and Bennett just after it.

In the crash that took out race leader Bennett, Mark Cavendish also came down.

The Dimension Data man is making a return to racing in Slovenia after a long illness.

Before his crash, Sam Bennett looked to have a great chance of claiming back-to-back wins.

His team worked very well in catching an early breakaway of seven men; the last of those caught with about 15km remaining.

Stage winner Mezgec leads the race from Bennett by 4 seconds, with Ferrari 3rd overall all eight seconds.


Stage 2: Ljubljana-Ljubljana (169.9km)

1 Luka Mezgec (Orica-Scott)
2 Roberto Ferrari (Team UAE Emirates)
3 Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data)
4 Alois Kankovsky (Elkov – Author Cycling Team)
5 Jirí Polnicky (Elkov – Author Cycling Team)
6 Andrea Palini (Androni Giocattoli)
7 Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)
8 Marco Canola (Nippo – Vini Fantini)
9 Rok Korosec (Amplatz – Bmc)
10 Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)