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Video: Sam Bennett wins star-studded sprint stage at UAE Tour

Posted on: March 2nd, 2019

Irish sprinter Sam Bennett has taken his second victory of the season; romping home at UAE Tour at the head of some high quality men at the end of stage 7 today.

 

Sam Bennett has won today’s stage 7 of UAE Tour, scalping the other big names for a very impressive victory after 145km from Dubai Safari Park to City Walk.

It was the Carrick-on-Suir man’s second victory of the new season having already claimed a stage of Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.

 

 

Today Bennett got the verdict in a sprint that included Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin).

Others in action included Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and UAE Team Emirates pair Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff.

 

 

Bennett got into the back wheel of Gaviria, who was being led out by Kristoff. The Irishman waited and waited until the moment was right to pounce and then made his move.

As the others were being to slow up a little, in what was a long sprint after a fast finale, Bennett had both the staying power and the speed to win.

He passed Gaviria just before the line, lunging hard to make sure. But he won it comfortably in the end for his first WorldTour victory of the season.

Ewan rounded out the podium on the day with Kristoff just behind him in 4th place.

With the final stage in Dubai today coming down to a bunch sprint, there was no change in the general classification.

Yesterday’s stage winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) claimed outright victory. He led from start to finish after his team won the opening TTT.

Roglic looked like the strongest rider in the race over the past week and his team was also the strongest outfit in the race.

He claim the final leader’s jersey by 31 seconds from world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Rising French star David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) was 3rd at 44 seconds; a terrific result for the 22-year-old.

Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) rounded out the race in 7th place overall, 1:11 down on the outright victor.

More to follow.

 

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