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Sam Bennett, heir to Sean Kelly's green force


Winner of his first stage on the Tour, sprinting at Île de Ré (end of the 10th stage), the Irishman dreams of succeeding his compatriot in the green jersey.

Special envoy to the island of Oléron,

4th in Nice (1st stage), 2nd in Sisteron (3rd stage), 3rd in Privas (5th stage), Sam Bennett revolved around a stage victory.

At 39 km from the finish of the 10th stage of the Tour de France (Ile d'Oléron-Ile de Ré), during the intermediate sprint (late), he played placed (3rd) without dispersing.

Focused on the final goal which he tackled perfectly launched by his Deceuninck-Quick Step teammates: “Everyone has played a great role.

It was so calm in the end, they were great.

Everything was so perfect that I could hardly believe it.

At 200 m, I found myself alone in the lead, no one fought to take Morkov's wheel and the door opened.

Everything went so perfectly that once I crossed the line I fell in shock, I couldn't believe it.

After the line, I was overtaken by emotion.

It took me many years to be able to compete in a sprint to win the Tour de France. ”

He didn't have time to fear Caleb Ewan's finish: “Maybe I should have thrown my bike.

Sometimes we make stupid mistakes, I wanted to celebrate my first Tour victory.

A few kilometers before, my legs hurt, I was a little afraid of running out of legs, there is always a chance of losing a sprint.

But I was brought in so perfectly… It's a relief, especially because there are so many great sprinters on the Tour.

I had to come to this team (this year, after being Sagan's teammate) which had so many great sprinters, I did.

I am happy."


Bennett, Sagan, Roglic: What to remember from the 10th stage

Winner of three stages on the Giro and two stages on the Vuelta, Sam Bennett finally holds his victory in the Tour de France.

The Irishman beat Australia's Caleb Ewan and Slovakia Peter Sagan in a limpid sprint against the wind.

The first Irish bouquet since Dan Martin at Mûr-de-Bretagne in 2018. The first Irish sprint to win on the Tour since Sean Kelly in 1980. Returned to the top of the green jersey classification (with 21 points ahead of Peter Sagan), Sam Bennett aspires to bring him back to the Champs-Elysées to succeed his compatriot Sean Kelly, three-time winner of the green jersey (the last time in 1989) but he is wary of Peter Sagan: “He knows how to do it, he has not won this ranking so often (7 times) by chance.

Bennett grew up in Carrick-on-Suit, Ireland, Kelly Town

Kelly-Bennett, Green Story and Shortcuts.

Born in Belgium, in Menen, Sam Bennett grew up in Carrick-on-Suit, Ireland, the town of Sean Kelly: “I guess there are a bit of coincidences, it's a bit like the island of Man, it's small but there is a great cycling culture.

There is also good support from the cycling school allowing young people to learn.

There is a good environment for young cyclists to express themselves. ”

Among the dreams are Milan-San Remo, the Worlds and a victory on the Champs-Elysées.

Where he could scroll in green.

To continue to dust off the history of Irish cycling.

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