Sam Bennett takes first win in Irish colours on opening day of Binck Bank Tour
Aug 13 2019 03:26 am CET

Sam Bennett takes first win in Irish colours on opening day of Binck Bank Tour
Sam Bennett takes first win in Irish colours on opening day of Binck Bank Tour
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Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) has taken the victory at the opening stage of the Binck Bank Tour.

The first stage of the Dutch-Belgian race was 167.2 kilometres long between Beveren (Belgium) and Hulst (The Netherlands) over a flat course that was bound to finish in a bunch sprint. The day started with an escape of four men: Baptiste Planckaert, Lars Ytting Bak, Lukasz Wisniowski and Aaron Verwilst, who managed to create a gap of around three minutes with the pack.

The rain made its appearance at the last lap of the day and it caused slippery roads that led to a mass crash at one of the cobbled sectors and that left behind riders like Arnaud Demare and Bob Jungels.

The stage came down to a bunch sprint in which Trek-Segafredo's Edward Theuns was the first to make a move but was caught by a strong Sam Bennett, who took the victory of the stage, while Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen was third.
The Irish national champion also took the leader's jersey at the end of the stage.




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