Dream of Paris ends as Sam Bennett abandons Tour de France

Posted on: July 22nd, 2015

Ireland’s Sam Bennett has abandoned today’s 17th stage of the Tour de France.


By Brian Canty

Sam Bennett’s dream of finishing his debut Tour de France is over after he was forced to abandon today’s 17th stage of the race.

Though the exact circumstances of how and why he pulled out were unclear at the time of writing, his team posted a message on its official Twitter account confirming the news.

Bora-Argon 18 did not go into detail, simply stating that Bennett “had to abandon”.

The development will come as a major disappointment for the Carrick-on-Suir man, who had set this event as his main target for the season.

Much of his racing and training up to the start of the race last Saturday fortnight had been geared towards being in good shape for the Tour.

But when he missed a month of racing prior to the departure in Utrecht because he fell ill, the Tour took on a different complexion for him.





Instead of hoping to be in the hunt for stage wins or top placings, he very quickly switched to survival mode despite one top 10 result.

It seemed his illness robbed him on his fantastic form from the first part of the season that brought him a stage win in the Tour of Qatar and two stage victories and the yellow jersey in the Bayern Rundfahrt stage race in Germany on May.

A number of riders had withdrawn on today’s stage before news of Bennett’s departure from the race was confirmed; Tejay Van Garderen of BMC Racing Team being the most high profile.

The American started the day 3rd on general classification but pulled out with around 80 kilometres to go having fallen ill.

Bennett was a bit further back the road after dropping out of the peloton early on, not helped by the very aggressive start to the stage.

The riders faced five climbs today en route to the finish at Pra Loup and there are three more hellishly hard days to come.