Monday 20 November 2017

Bennett delivers goods despite 'terrible' day

Sam Bennett of Ireland claims stage two of the Arctic Tour of Norway yesterday
Sam Bennett of Ireland claims stage two of the Arctic Tour of Norway yesterday Newsdesk Newsdesk

Cycling Ireland's Sam Bennett outsprinted some of the world's top sprinters to claim stage two of the Arctic Tour of Norway yesterday.

Having taken third place on Thursday's opening stage, the Carrick-on-Suir native stormed to what looked an easy fourth victory of the season ahead of Federico Zurla of United Healthcare and Tour of Flanders winner Alexander Kristoff of Katusha.

The wins shows Bennett is back in form after recovering from a tough Tour de France debut last month, where he spent a few days urinating blood and fighting infection before finally abandoning on stage 17.

A nine-day course of antibiotics left Bennett uncertain as to his form this week, but yesterday's win moves him up to second in the overall standings, just seven seconds behind race leader and home favourite Kristoff.

"I felt absolutely terrible all day and during the stage I actually considered not sprinting," admitted the 24-year-old who rides for the German backed Bora-Argon 18 team.

"But the guys convinced me to try and they gave me an absolutely fantastic lead out.

"It's really important for me to win here after the Tour de France. As a sprinter, if you want to be a good sprinter, you need to deliver results even when you're not feeling good."

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