Sam Bennett celebrates again in Paris-Nice
Mar 15 2019 11:26 pm CET

Sam Bennett celebrates again in Paris-Nice
Sam Bennett celebrates again in Paris-Nice
Photo of Sam Bennett (c)BORA-hansgrohe / VeloImages

Bora-hansgrohe's Sam Bennet took the win of the sixth stage of Paris-Nice. The Irishman outsprinted Arnaud Demare and Matteo Trentin.

The sixth day of Paris-Nice took the riders through a 176.5-kilometre course that included two climbs of the second category and one of the third, all of them in the second half of the stage. There were five riders in the original breakaway but the group ended up with three: Laurent Pichon, Alex Kirsch and Mauro Finetto.

The trio built a gap of more than two minutes with a peloton that at times struggled with the wind, which caused echelons but eventually, it all got back together. With 50 kilometres to go, the pack split in two and the front part caught the escapees. At the back, Jumbo-Visma tried its best to bring Dylan Groenewegen back to the front of the peloton.

At around 13 kilometres to go, there was a crash in the peloton that involved Rafael Valls (Movistar) and Jan Bakelants (Sunweb). In front, teams like Sky, Mitchelton-Scott and Groupama-FDJ set the pace to avoid a regrouping at the back.

With four kilometres to go, Ion Izagirre accelerated and took his Astana teammate Luis Leon Sanchez to take the bonification seconds. They were followed by Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) who at the end won the intermediate sprint.

At three kilometres to go, there was a new crash in the pack and this time mainly involved Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Sky). Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) was one of the favourites to take the stage win without Groenewegen and Ewan in the picture, but he launched his sprint too soon and was overtaken by Bora-hansgrohe's Sam Bennett.

Mitchelton-Scott's Matteo Trentin, Trek-Segafredo's John Degenkolb and Vital Concept-B&B Hotel's Bryan Coquard completed the top five of the day. Kwiatkowski keeps the GC lead.



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