Cycling: Irish road race champion Sam Bennett needed four stitches in his right hand after stage three of Paris-Nice yesterday when he crashed just 300m from the finish line in La Chatre, writes GER CROMWELL.
The Carrick-on-Suir sprinter was making a move up the right hand side of the speeding peloton when Hugo Hofstetter of the Israel Start-Up Nation team pulled his foot out of his pedal and swung across before slamming Bennett into the roadside barriers.
As Ivan Cortina of Bahrain-Merida went on to claim victory from former world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Bennett sat dazed on the road surrounded by his team-mates before remounting and finishing the stage with a grimace on his face and a bloodied right hand held across his body.
Examined by the Deceuninck-Quick-Step medical staff after the stage, Bennett was relieved not to have suffered any fracture in the crash but a gash in one of his right hand fingers required four stitches.
"At least nothing is broken," said Bennett afterwards. "I lost some skin and needed those stitches."