Sam Bennett outsprints competition at third stage of Paris-Nice
Mar 13 2019 12:02 am CET

Sam Bennett outsprints competition at third stage of Paris-Nice
Sam Bennett outsprints competition at third stage of Paris-Nice
Photo of Sam Bennett (c)BORA-hansgrohe / VeloImages

Bora-hansgrohe's Sam Bennett was the fastest man at the third stage's final sprint. The Irish rider crossed the finish line ahead of Caleb Ewan.

The peloton faced a 200-kilometre flat course in the third stage of the French race. The day started with a crash that involved Marc Soler (Movistar) and Ion Izagirre (Astana) and left Bahrain-Merida's Domen Novak out of the race.

Forty kilometres into the stage, Delko Marseille Provence's Ramunas Navardauskas attacked and was soon joined by his teammate Alessandro Fedeli. The duo built a gap of more than five minutes with the peloton and some kilometres later, the race announced that UAE Team Emirates' Fabio Aru, who was at that point more than 17 minutes behind Dylan Groenewegen in the General Classification, decided to give up.

The front men were caught with 40 kilometres to go and around eight kilometres later there was a crash in the pack that involved riders like Soler, Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates and Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez. With 25 kilometres to go, the peloton got back together once again.

At 5 kilometres from the finish line, side wind inspired Team Sky to increase the pace, managing to cause a stretch in the peloton and eventually several breaks in it. With two kilometres to go, the pack got back together to face a final sprint.

Groenewegen was one of the first riders to attack in the final sprint, but he spent too much energy before when trying to get back to the pack and couldn't hold it for long. Soon after, Bennett accelerated and Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan followed him but couldn't beat the strength of the Irishman.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Fabio Jakobsen crossed the finish line in the third position. EF Education First's Daniel Mclay and Vital Concept-B&B Hotels' Bryan Coquard completed the top five of the day. Groenewegen remains at the top of the overall standings.



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