Unbeatable Bennett conquers climbs for brilliant three in a row

Posted on: October 12th, 2017

Sam Bennett wins three Tour of Turkey stages

Turkish Delight: Sam Bennett is now really hitting his stride in the top tier of pro cycling. He’s won a stage nobody thought he would and shown he can climb as well as sprint.

 

Sam Bennett wins three Tour of Turkey stages in a row

 

In the form of his life at the Tour of Turkey, Sam Bennett has won another stage at the Tour of Turkey today.

The race leader, having won yesterday and Tuesday’s opening stage, stayed on the front group up the late climbs.

His Bora-Hansgrohe team packed that group with its riders. And even when the field regrouped a little on the run in to the finish, Bennett wasn’t bothered.

He was once again given a superb lead-out, which the Irish speedster finished in great style.

Some of his team mates were celebrating back in the pack long, long Bennett crossed the line such was there confidence he wouldn’t be beaten.

He now leads the race by 30 seconds with a challenging uphill finish tomorrow.

It is an amazing turn around for Bennett who said that just a matter of weeks ago he was shattered and could barely race 50km.

He was told to go and take a rest, which he did. And while that meant he missed some races, including the World Championships, it has really stood him on good stead.

Any hope among Bennett’s rivals that the late climb on the 128.6km stage from Fethiye to Marmaris would see him distanced were well and truly dashed when the road went up.

Indeed, not only did Sam Bennett climb with the best in the race, he looked comfortable doing so. And the effort seemed to take nothing out of his legs for the sprint.

A group of about 15-20 riders emerged at the head of affairs on the late climb. It took the riders skywards for just over 2km and was peaked 7km from the finish.

However, while it was uncategorised it did plenty of damage. And though there was a regrouping of sorts on the sweeping downhill into the finish, the bunch numbered just 50 riders at the finish.

Greg Daniel (Trek-Segafredo) and Ferit Can Samli (Turkish National Team) broke clear very early. Thomas Deruette (WB Veranclassic) went after them and made it three up front.

With Bennett in such form and with sprint rival Edward Theuns have a team mate in the breakaway, all the work to control the escape fell to Bora-hansgrohe.

But control it they did; from five minutes with 50km remaining to the last of the escapees, Daniel, being caught on the final climb.

And from the moment that hill was crested Bora-hansgrohe ran the show. Shane Archbold and Gregor Muhlberger were particularly impressive for Bennett; Archbald constantly on the race radio and organising the front of the bunch for the final few kilometres.

And when the team dropped Bennett off on the front in the finishing straight, Bennett finished the job.

Both Kiel Reijnan (Trek-Segafredo) and Manuel Belletti (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) went early. And while it looked for the briefest period like they might challenge Bennett, once he really kicked for home it was all over.

 

Sam Bennett wins three Tour of Turkey stages

 

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