Bennett seizes the day at the Tour Down Under

Bennett seizes the day at the Tour Down Under

Tuesday 21 January 2020 - 05:54

The brilliant work of the Wolfpack concluded with the Irishman claiming the win in Tanunda.

Sam Bennett got off to the perfect start to his time with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, taking his first ever victory in the Tour Down Under after a hectic and messy sprint in Tanunda, where the race returned after seven years. Bennett was the first of the sprinters to launch the sprint, with around 250 meters to go, and immediately showed his fast turn of legs, dashing to the line and convincingly holding off the charge of his rivals.

“I’d be lying if I’d say I didn’t feel the pressure to get that first win. I am very happy it came today, on the very first stage of the season’s first race, and I can’t thank my incredible teammates enough, because the result is down to their amazing effort”, an over the moon Sam said after the finish.

The closing kilometers of the stage delivered another Deceuninck – Quick-Step masterpiece, our team taking the front of the peloton early and bringing Sam into position on the left side of the road. They then gradually eased off the pace before ramping up the speed again, with the flamme rouge in sight. As soon as Iljo Keisse finished stretching the field out, Shane Archbold took over and opened the way for Michael Mørkøv, whose impeccable lead-out left Sam in a perfect position.

The Irish Champion blasted clear of the pack and put a bike length between him and runner-up Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) on his way to becoming the 91st different rider to score a victory for Deceuninck – Quick-Step. As a result, Bennett made repeated trips to the podium, but he never seemed to tire, collecting the winner’s trophy as well as the ochre and blue jerseys.

“The team is very confident in me and the way they rode was amazing and gave me great confidence. There’s a lot of experience in this squad, and they showed it today, together with that unique Wolfpack spirit, which you can feel it immediately. Everybody did a fantastic job and played a superb role, keeping me in position and making sure I was where I had to be in order to fight for the victory. The week has just started and I hope other good results will soon follow”, said the first Irishman in history to lead the Tour Down Under general classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:28:54
2 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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5 André Greipel
Israel Start-Up Nation
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6 Kristoffer Halvorsen
EF Pro Cycling
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7 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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8 Marc Sarreau
Groupama - FDJ
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9 Sam Welsford
UniSA-Australia
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10 Alberto Dainese
Team Sunweb
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14 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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44 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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59 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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100 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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108 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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122 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:57
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:28:44
2 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
0:04
3 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
4 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
0:07
5 Jarrad Drizners
UniSA-Australia
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6 Chris Lawless
Team INEOS
0:08
7 Dylan Sunderland
NTT Pro Cycling
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8 Nathan Haas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:09
9 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
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10 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:10
18 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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46 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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61 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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100 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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108 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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122 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:07
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
2 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
14 pt
3 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
13 pt
4 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
12 pt
5 André Greipel
Israel Start-Up Nation
11 pt
6 Kristoffer Halvorsen
EF Pro Cycling
10 pt
7 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
9 pt
8 Marc Sarreau
Groupama - FDJ
8 pt
9 Sam Welsford
UniSA-Australia
7 pt
10 Alberto Dainese
Team Sunweb
6 pt
1 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
3:28:48
2 Jarrad Drizners
UniSA-Australia
0:03
3 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
0:05
4 Alberto Dainese
Team Sunweb
0:06
5 Szymon Sajnok
CCC Team
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6 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
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7 Juri Hollmann
Movistar Team
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8 Samuele Battistella
NTT Pro Cycling
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9 Nicholas White
UniSA-Australia
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10 Tyler Lindorff
UniSA-Australia
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16 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Jarrad Drizners
UniSA-Australia
5 pt
2 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
5 pt
3 Laurens De Vreese
Astana Pro Team
1 pt
4 Dylan Sunderland
NTT Pro Cycling
1 pt
1 UAE-Team Emirates 10:26:42
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step ,,
3 Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
5 Movistar Team ,,
6 BORA - hansgrohe ,,
7 Mitchelton-Scott ,,
8 AG2R La Mondiale ,,
9 Team Sunweb ,,
10 Astana Pro Team ,,

Top results

1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:28:54
2 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
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