Top 10 for Bennett in Scheldeprijs

Top 10 for Bennett in Scheldeprijs

Wednesday 14 October 2020 - 19:52

The Irishman couldn’t contest the sprint after being closed in in the last meters of the race.

Sam Bennett came with high expectations and good legs at the start of Scheldeprijs, where he was supported by a strong Deceuninck – Quick-Step team who assumed pace-setting duties immediately after the start. Taking place entirely in Belgium, on a 17.3km circuit around Schoten which the riders had to cover ten times, the race was animated by a nine-man breakaway which wasn’t given too much leeway by our team.

The Wolfpack delivered another flawless ride, reabsorbing the last survivors of the day-long move inside the last ten kilometers and bringing Sam Bennett in a good position going under the flamme rouge. The finale was again hectic, as it’s always the case at Scheldeprijs, and Bennett could see that for himself, being closed in just as he was preparing to launch his sprint with 200 meters to go.

Winner of the Tour de France green jersey this year, the Irishman came home eighth, but more importantly he avoided a crash that took place just 150 meters from the line: “I wanted to add to the team’s success at this race, was really motivated and the guys did a fantastic job. I was well positioned on the last lap, actually it was the easiest one for me, but in the moment I wanted to start my sprint I was closed by two guys, one of whom was coming across my line. On the other hand, we are happy nobody from our team came down in that crash and we can look with confidence to the start of La Vuelta.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
3:34:38
2 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team Total Direct Energie
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3 Bryan Coquard
-
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4 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Fenix
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5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Amaury Capiot
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
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7 Arvid de Kleijn
Riwal Securitas Cycling Team
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8 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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9 Itamar Einhorn
Israel Start-Up Nation
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10 Romain Cardis
Team Total Direct Energie
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23 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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30 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:09
88 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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122 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:15
153 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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DNS Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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Top results

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
3:34:38
2 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team Total Direct Energie
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3 Bryan Coquard
-
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