Tuesday 12 November 2019

Sam Bennett set to sign for Belgian powerhouses following dispute

Sam Bennett. Photo: Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images
Sam Bennett. Photo: Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images

John Brennan

Irish cyclist Sam Bennett looks all set to sign for the powerful Deceuninck-QuickStep team from Belgium next season.

The Carrick-on-Suir rider, winner of 13 races in 2019, was released by his Bora-Hansgrohe team this morning after a dispute over whether he had signed a pre-contract to stay with them for 2020 last May.

"It became clear that the rider's goals and the team's goals could no longer align," said a statement from Bora, which clears the way for the 28-year-old to make the move to the Belgian outfit, something he had wanted to do.

Bennett, the Irish Road Race champion, grew disillusioned with life at Bora when, despite all his wins, they favoured other riders in the role of sprinter at both this year's Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

He was left to win two stages in the Vuelta a Espana in August. But even there, Bennett would have won at least two more stages if his team had been able to give him a proper lead-out.

That will all change at Deceuninck, for whom Bennett will surely get a chance to star in both the Giro and the Tour next year.

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