Sunday 26 May 2019

Brave Bennett falls short in solo gamble

The Waterford sprinter looked to have held off the chasing peloton until Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) were forced to close down the gap with the line approaching. Photo: Anne-Christine/Getty Images
The Waterford sprinter looked to have held off the chasing peloton until Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) were forced to close down the gap with the line approaching. Photo: Anne-Christine/Getty Images

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Sam Bennett finished third in the final stage of the Tour of Turkey after the Bora-Hansgrohe sprinter gambled with a solo attack in the final kilometre in Instanbul.

The Waterford sprinter looked to have held off the chasing peloton until Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) were forced to close down the gap with the line approaching. Ewan edged in front on the technical run-in to take the stage honours but the podium place was enough for Bennett, who won the first two stages of the race, to win the points classification.

The general classification went to Bennett's team-mate Felix Brosschartner, who took over the leader's jersey from Bennett after Saturday's mountain top finish.

At home, the Irish riders struck back on stage three of Kerry Group Rás Mumhan, with Mark Dowling winning the stage and 18-year-old Ben Healy taking over as race leader after 154.7km of racing into Waterville

The duo pulled clear on the category 1 Coom an Easpaigh and put in over a minute to the chasing group that included the yellow jersey Alex Luhrs of Ribble Pro. At the finish, Dowling took the stage with Healy taking the yellow jersey.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands' home favourite Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won the Amstel Gold Race after his chase group closed a gap of a minute to the leading duo of Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and the Deceuninck's Julian Alaphilippe in the last 10km.

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