Video: Sam Bennett in Paris-Nice sprint fight but just falls short

Posted on: March 10th, 2019

Sam Bennett looked like he may come through with what is now his trade mark late surge on the opening stage of Paris-Nice. However, his final gear didn’t kick into action and he had to settle for 4th place on the day.


Sam Bennett has claimed 4th place on the opening stage of Paris-Nice which came down to a bunch sprint after 138.5km into Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

The stage was run off in breezy conditions and the field split to pieces, with only a partial regrouping occurring before the finish.

Irish rider Bennett did very well to stay tucked away and out of the wind in the large lead group until the closing kilometres.

And while he appeared to be a little boxed in as the sprint began, the road then opened up for him and his way was clear.

However, the others he was up against were simply stronger; Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) winning it from Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal).

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) rounded out the podium just ahead of Bora-hansgrohe’s Bennett.

As the winner of the opening stage, and with time bonuses on the line, Groenewegen took the yellow jersey as well as the stage victory.

The next two stages should also be for the fast men, meaning Bennett should get more chances to add another win to the Paris-Nice stage he claimed two years ago.

More to follow.