Video: Sam Bennett still chasing history after Giro sprint battle

Posted on: May 18th, 2017

Video: Sam Bennett still chasing history after Giro sprint battle

Video: Sam Bennett still chasing history after Giro sprint battle

Sam Bennett is still trying to bridge a 30-year gap for Ireland at the Giro d’Italia.


In this Giro d’Italia to bridge a 30-year wait since an Irishman last won a stage on the race, Sam Bennett is still chasing history this evening.

The Carrick-on-Suir fastman was given a great lead-out by his Bora-hansgrohe team at the end of stage 12 into Reggio Emilia.

However, while his men dominated the final, Bennett just came up short.

The Irishman was once again forced into a supporting role on a day Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep) stormed to his third stage win of this race.

And splitting the Irish and Colombian fastman was Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Selle Italia) who took his second runner up spot of the this Giro.

The stage came down to a sprint from a reduced bunch at the end of 229km.

And with tomorrow’s stage the last obvious one for the sprinters, Bennett’s disappointment was clear at the finish.

His final came unstuck when QuickStep got the jump out of the last corner, leading Gaviria to victory.

“I made a slight mistake in the final,” Bennett said after the stage.

“I wasn’t expecting Quick-Step to come from behind like that, and I went on the wrong side of Rudi.

“I couldn’t make the right call in that second and it cost me the top result again.

“I’m sorry for seeming down about it, but we came here to try and get wins and when the team is doing such a good job I just feel like I’m letting them down.”


Stage 12: Forlì-Reggio Emilia (229km)

1 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors 5:18:55
2 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina
3 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
4 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb
5 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors
6 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
7 Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
8 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
9 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
10 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
11 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
12 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
13 Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo
14 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
15 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe