Second victory in a row for Sam Bennett at Towards Zero Race Melbourne
Jan 25 2018 12:28 pm CET

Second victory in a row for Sam Bennett at Towards Zero Race Melbourne
Second victory in a row for Sam Bennett at Towards Zero Race Melbourne
Photo of Sam Bennett (c)BORA-hansgrohe / VeloImages

Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) has won the Towards Zero Race Melbourne, the criterium ahead of the Cadel Evans Great Road Race.

The race was over 116 kilometres divided into 22 laps on a 5.3 circuit, which is also the track of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The day started with an escape of seven riders that was caught during the last lap when the peloton raised the pace.

The criterium had two early crashes that left riders like Daan Oliver (LottoNL-Jumbo), Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue Sport), Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe) and Michael Rice (KordaMentha Real State), out of the competition.

Bora-hansgrohe was one of the teams controlling the pace in the last kilometres, when all the sprint trains starting forming, and put Bennett in an ideal position for the last acceleration, taking his second victory in this race in a row.

Quick-Step Floors' Elia Viviani crossed the line in second position and Steele von Hoff (ONE Pro Cycling) was third. Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) completed the top five of the day.

"This win is really important for my morale and confidence," said Bennett at the end of the day. "I came to the Tour Down Under and unfortunately fell ill there, and didn’t have very good form. Yesterday I even had to turn back from training, because I felt in a bad way.

"So today’s result is a bit of a surprise. I had good legs and the Bora-hansgrohe guys did an excellent job to put me in a good position into the final stretch. It is very encouraging to get this win, which I think bodes well for the rest of the season. To win twice here is also a great feeling."




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