Sam Bennett takes second victory of 2020 at Race Torquay
Jan 31 2020 05:21 am CET

Sam Bennett takes second victory of 2020 at Race Torquay
Sam Bennett takes second victory of 2020 at Race Torquay
Photo of Sam Bennett © Deceuninck-Quick-Step Cycling Team / Getty Images

Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) has taken his second victory of the season at the Race Torquay.

The Irish national champion continues his successful season in Australia, this time by achieving the win at the Race Torquay, an event that took the peloton ten times through a 13.3-kilometre circuit and that takes place just days before the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race.

The race finished in a bunch sprint as expected and there Deceuninck-Quick-Step showed once again its good work and Michael Morkov was in charge of putting Bennett in a good position for the final showdown. The Irishman did his part and crossed the finish line ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) and Alberto Dainese (Team Sunweb).

"This success makes me very happy and feeds my confidence ahead of Sunday, when I hope to be again up there with a shot at victory," said Bennett. "The credit goes to the team, who did again a great job and were always there for me.

"After an aggressive start, things became pretty controlled, so I asked the guys to make it harder and kick off the race again, and that's when Dries went and forced the others to chase. It all came together later and I got an armchair ride to the line. I like the course and the length of the race, even though it was harder than advertised, as it has a bit of everything for everyone, and winning this event after being elevated to UCI status gives me a lot of satisfaction."







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