Sam Bennett demolishes rivals for brilliant stage win at Dauphiné

Posted on: June 11th, 2019
Sam Bennett takes an absolutely brilliant victory; the performance of a man in his prime

Sam Bennett has taken a brilliant stage win at Critérium du Dauphiné, claiming victory at a canter after some great team work.

Bennett was the red hot favourite to win today and he didn’t disappoint after Bora-hansgrohe team mate Shane Archbold put him into the perfect position.

And when Ireland’s Bennett pulled the trigger and hit the front of the bunch in the sprint, it was instantly all over.

He had time to sit up well before the finish line before looking around and then getting his two arms raised in triumph.

His win today in France at the end of 177km from Le Puy-en-Velay to Riom was his seventh victory of the 2019 season.

In what was something of an unusual sprint, Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) was 2nd with Davide Ballerini (Astana) in 3rd place.

Because the stage came down to a bunch sprint, after the field split to pieces on the opening two stages, there was no change in the overall.

Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) remains in the yellow jersey after his stage win from a breakaway yesterday.

Ireland’s only other rider in the race aside from Bennett is Dan Martin and today the UAE Team Emirates man finished in the bunch.

More to come.