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Bennett hungry for more after spell in green jersey


Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett's two-day spell in the green jersey has done nothing to dampen his hunger for a stage win at the Tour de France.

The Irish sprinter last week managed to dislodge former world champion Peter Sagan from the points classification the Slovakian has practically made his own in recent years - even if it was only for 48 hours before Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe team determinedly wrestled it back on stage seven.

But though his spell in green ensures Bennett will not go home empty-handed whatever happens from now on, the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider is clear he has not yet got what he wants.

"It was a real enjoyable moment in the Tour, it was great," he said. "But at the end of the day I haven't won the green jersey.

"It would be too easy to settle for it and say I've done something but I haven't really done much, I just held it for two days.

"I think I should definitely take some confidence away from it but I haven't completed anything I came here to do, so the pressure is still on."

Bennett should get his chance when the Tour resumes after yesterday's rest day, with today's stage 10 to Ile de Re Saint-Martin-de-Re and tomorrow's stage 11 to Poitiers both offering hope to the sprinters before more mountains beckon.

Bennett has watched Alexander Kristoff, Caleb Ewan and Wout van Aert celebrate sprint to victories so far, but said he has taken confidence from the opening week even as his own ambitions were frustrated.

"A lot of the days I came out more confident than when I was going in," he said. "The legs have been there. I've definitely felt quick enough."

Bennett, who became the first Irishman to wear green in the Tour since the great Seán Kelly won the classification for the fourth and final time in 1989, remains only seven points behind Sagan, 138 to 131.

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