Wednesday 26 June 2019

WATCH: Sam Bennett sprints clear to take stage win on day three of Criterium du Dauphine

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Ireland's Sam Bennett (front) celebrates as he crosses the finish line after the third stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race, 177 km between Le Puy-en-Velay and Riom. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
Bora-Hansgrohe rider Ireland's Sam Bennett (front) celebrates as he crosses the finish line after the third stage of the 71st edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race, 177 km between Le Puy-en-Velay and Riom. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images

Tony Considine

Ireland's Sam Bennett has won the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine for the Bora-Hansgrohe team.

Bennett sprinted clear of Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Davide Ballerini (Astana) at the finish of the Le Puy-en-Velay to Riom stage to take the victory in a time of 4:15:25.

It's the Carrick-on-Suir rider's seventh stage win of the season meaning he joins Julian Alaphilippe as the top stage winner in World Tour competitions. He is 106th overall.

Dan Martin finished back in the pack in 76th, clocking the the same time as Bennett and is now 17th in the general classification, 55 seconds behind race leader Dylan Teuns.

British pair Chris Froome and Adam Yates both remain in the top 10, 24 seconds behind Teuns.

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