Sam Bennett praises teammates after Tour de Slovenia victory
Jun 16 2017 02:36 am CET

Sam Bennett praises teammates after Tour de Slovenia victory

Bora-hansgrohe rider Sam Bennett has praised his teammates for the work that helped him take the opening stage of the Tour of Slovenia.

Bennett sprinted to victory in the first stage of the UCI Europe Tour event after 159 kilometers from Koper to Kocevje, which means that the Irishman also takes the lead in the general classification.

"We controlled the race the whole day with Alex (Saramotins) pulling together with the other sprinter teams," Bennett said.

"Because the day was easy in the bunch, the final on the last two laps was especially fast. We lost each other a little with 4km to go, but Rafa (Rafal Majka) brought us back up. When we hit the front on the last kilometer, Pösti (Lukas Postlberger) and Rudi (Rudiger Selig) delivered me so fast, I just had to hold the speed to the line.

"It was a great win after a strong team work. I still feel a little tired after the Giro, but the speed is also still in my legs."

The win is Bennett's second in 2017, after having won the third stage of Paris-Nice in March.
Photo of Sam Bennett © BORA-hansgrohe / Stiehl Photography





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