Vuelta a España - Sam Bennett: I’m delighted we are giving the Irish fans something to cheer for
Aug 27 2019 12:54 am CET

Vuelta a España - Sam Bennett: I’m delighted we are giving the Irish fans something to cheer for
Vuelta a España - Sam Bennett: I’m delighted we are giving the Irish fans something to cheer for
Bora-hansgrohe

Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) has taken the victory of the Vuelta a España's third stage and has made history along with Nicolas Roche.

The rider was the fastest man at the final sprint and took the day's victory, creating an historical situation in the race: this is the first time that an Irishman wins a stage while another is leading the General Classification as Nicolas Roche retained the Red Jersey.

"I can’t tell you how relieved I am with that win. I felt so bad yesterday..." explained the National champion of Ireland. "Whether I went easy or hard, it just felt bad! Today, I wouldn’t have got it without the team’s effort. I could follow them and relax and they left me in the perfect position. I knew it would be a very fast sprint so I really wanted to kick first. I’m delighted to get a Grand Tour victory, especially with the Irish champion jersey. I’m very proud to wear it and to win with it.

"I’m delighted we are giving the Irish fans something to cheer for (with Nicolas Roche). We can win in the sprints, in the mountains, play on GC... Hopefully this will bring more interest. Winning the first one of a GT makes it easier for the rest. There aren’t a lot of chances for sprinters of this Vuelta and, had I not won today, I would have been pretty much waiting for the last week. So this makes it definitely easier.”




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