Sam Bennett beats competition at last sprint of Giro d'Italia, Froome takes overall victory
May 28 2018 01:04 am CET

Sam Bennett beats competition at last sprint of Giro d'Italia, Froome takes overall victory
Sam Bennett beats competition at last sprint of Giro d'Italia, Froome takes overall victory
Photo of Sam Bennett (c)BORA-hansgrohe / VeloImages

Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) has won the last stage of the Giro d'Italia. The Irishman was faster in the last sprint than Elia Viviani.

The last stage of the Corsa Rosa took place on a street circuit in the city of Rome and took the riders over a 115-kilometre course divided into 10 laps of 11.5 kilometres. Early on the stage Chris Froome (Sky), supported by other riders complained to the race organisation about the safety of the circuit and proposed an early neutralisation.

It was decided that the stage would be neutralised at the third lap and soon after that a breakaway was formed by riders like Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Francisco Ventoso (BMC) and Christoph Juul Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott). Behind them, a peloton pulled by Quick-Step Floors followed them.

The favourites stayed behind the group to avoid any problems and let the sprinters' teams have enough space to fight for the stage. At around 13 kilometres from the finish line, the last escapees were caught by the peloton.

With around eight kilometres remaining, a group formed by Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo), Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) and Florian Senechal (Quick-Step Floors) jumped from the reduced peloton and were later joined by Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli).

At three kilometres from the finish line, this attack was repelled by the pack and Bora-hansgrohe took control of the front, setting the pace to put Sam Bennett in a good position to fight for the final sprint. Despite Quick-Step having a perfect approach, Bennett stayed in Elia Viviani's slipstream and took the victory in front of the Colosseum.

This is the third victory for the Irishman at the Giro d'Italia. Chris Froome arrived at the finish 17 minutes later and took the third overall victory in a row of a grand tour after winning the 2017 Tour de France and the 2017 Vuelta a España.






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