Tour de France

Stage 10) Île d'Oléron Le Château-d'Oléron - Île de Ré Saint-Martin-de-Ré

FR France, Tuesday 08 September 2020
168.5 km

Sam Bennett breaks the ice at the Tour de France

Sam Bennett breaks the ice at the Tour de France

Sam Bennett captured his maiden Tour de France win in emphatic fashion in Saint-Martin-de-Ré and immediately unleashed an uncontrollable outpouring of emotion as he slowly realised that he finally fulfilled a career-long dream of taking a stage victory at the biggest race in the world and thus following in the footsteps of Sean Kelly, the last Irishman to win a bunch sprint at the race, four decades ago.

“I don’t think it has hit me yet, I still can’t believe I’m a Tour de France stage winner. I want to thank to the whole team for their confidence and support, to Patrick for giving me this opportunity, to my wife, my family and everyone around me. You dream of it and you never think it will happen, but then it does and you just need a while to sink in. I waited so many years for this to happen and I am so relieved and happy now”, said the first reigning Irish Champion to win a Tour de France stage after scoring Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 777th victory since 2003, when the team was created.

Fourth, second and third on the previous bunch sprints, Sam had a point to prove on Tuesday’s 168.5km stage and he did it after capitalising on his teammates’ incredible work and the flawless piloting skills of Michael Mørkøv. The Dane provided a masterful lead-out and dropped him off in an excellent position, from where the 29-year-old flew to his fifth victory of the season, one which lifted him back into the green jersey.

“Being part of the Deceuninck – Quick-Step team is a huge opportunity for me and I wanted to deliver at the Tour de France, where so many great sprinters won for the Wolfpack. I can’t thank all the guys – my teammates, the mechanics, the soigneurs, the sports directors – enough, their help in achieving this was huge.”

“The team was incredible today, Michael was so calm and smooth going into the last kilometer, and I left it as late as possible knowing it was a headwind there. Everything was perfect today and this victory gives me a lot of confidence”, continued Sam, just the second Irish rider in history with stage victories in all Grand Tours, before talking of his green jersey ambitions. “It’s special to wear it. Sean Kelly won it and it would make me super proud to be on the podium in Paris, but we’ll take it day by day and see where that takes us. What I can tell you for certain is that being here in the Irish Champion jersey and winning today is something I will always remember.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:35:22
2 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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5 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
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6 André Greipel
Israel Start-Up Nation
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7 Bryan Coquard
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8 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
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9 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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10 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
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11 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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43 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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77 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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86 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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92 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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141 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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160 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
42:15:23
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
0:21
3 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:28
4 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
0:30
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:32
6 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
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7 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:44
8 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
1:02
9 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
1:15
10 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
1:42
41 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
52:09
51 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
59:13
83 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:37:54
113 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:09:44
123 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:13:59
129 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:15:58
133 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:20:32
142 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:29:04
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
196 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
175 pt
3 Bryan Coquard
129 pt
4 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
123 pt
5 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
111 pt
6 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
105 pt
7 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
95 pt
8 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
82 pt
9 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
77 pt
10 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
72 pt
67 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
74 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
105 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
INEOS Grenadiers
42:15:44
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:23
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
1:41
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
5:47
5 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
45:02
6 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
50:49
7 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
1:03:30
8 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
1:03:49
9 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
1:06:28
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:10:51
14 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:09:23
19 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:20:11
1 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36 pt
2 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
31 pt
3 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
26 pt
4 Ilnur Zakarin
CCC Team
25 pt
5 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
24 pt
6 Quentin Pacher
20 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
18 pt
8 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
14 pt
9 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
14 pt
10 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
14 pt
22 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
31 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Movistar Team 126:53:01
2 EF Pro Cycling 5:12
3 Trek - Segafredo 5:27
4 AG2R La Mondiale 13:22
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 17:07
6 Astana Pro Team 20:14
7 INEOS Grenadiers 24:44
8 Bahrain - McLaren 33:13
9 Mitchelton-Scott 40:10
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 1:14:06

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