Wednesday 16 January 2019

Ireland's Sam Bennett wins second Tour of Turkey stage in two days

Sam Bennett. Photo: Getty Images
Sam Bennett. Photo: Getty Images

Ireland's Sam Bennett won at the 54th Presidential Tour of Turkey for a second successive day to extend his overall lead.

Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won four stages of the race in 2017 and now has two wins from three stages in 2018 after victory on Thursday's 132.7-kilometres third stage from Fethiye to Marmaris.

Argentina's Max Richeze (QuickStep-Floors) was second in the bunch sprint and Germany's John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) third.

Time bonuses mean Bennett now leads by 10 seconds from Richeze, who won stage one, ahead of Friday's fourth stage, the 205.5km route from Marmaris to Selcuk which includes a climb to the finish.

Degenkolb is now third overall, 12 seconds further back. The race finishes on Sunday in Istanbul.

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