Tour de France

Stage 21) Mantes-la-Jolie - Paris Champs-Élysées

FR France, Sunday 20 September 2020
122.5 km

Sam Bennett wins Tour de France green jersey

Sam Bennett wins Tour de France green jersey

Sam Bennett rode straight into the history books on the Champs-Élysées Sunday evening, as he carried home the race’s prestigious green jersey, a fantastic performance that Ireland had last witnessed at the end of the ‘80s, when Sean Kelly was finishing at the top of the points classification. Hailing from the same Carrick-on-Suir village as his idol, Sam returned this year at the Tour de France for the first time in 2016 and he made it count, setting several milestones along the way and elevating himself to cycling immortality.

After breaking the ice on stage 10 in Île de Ré, Sam began growing in confidence as he realised he has a fair shot at taking the prestigious green jersey, and helped by a team that turned inside out for him on the flat but also on the mountains, he made it all the way to Paris, where he put the icing on the cake on the most iconic finish venue in cycling, just as the sun was setting down over the French capital.

Once again, Deceuninck – Quick-Step gave him a superb lead-out, with Michael Mørkøv dropping him off in a perfect position, from where Sam Bennett dashed to victory, our squad’s 99th in a Grand Tour, as he became the first Irishman in history to triumph on the Champs-Élysées: “I feel amazing, I can’t tell you how happy I am! I never thought I would be in this position one day. I grew up watching these Champs-Élysées sprints filmed from every angle and to do it myself now in the green jersey it’s unbelievable! It’s the best victory of my career. It’s something I will remember and treasure for the rest of my life, especially as I did it in the green jersey, which I never dreamed of winning. Achieving all these things with my dream team makes it even more special and memorable.”

Sam – who showed a remarkable consistency and fighting spirit over the past three weeks, two important factors which helped him become the second Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to conquer the green jersey, after Tom Boonen in 2007 – took us through the hectic last kilometer in Paris: “It was really fast and I was a bit nervous, but the boys flawlessly controlled the race and brought me to the front when it mattered. On the final straight, I let other riders come up, because I felt some headwind, and then I opened my sprint with 150-200 meters to go. As I came on the other side, I thought someone was going to come pass me, but it didn’t happen and I still can’t believe I won.”

Deceuninck – Quick-Step concluded the Tour de France again as one of the top performers and entertainers, with three stage wins, three days in the yellow jersey – which Julian Alaphilippe sported following his thrilling victory in Nice on the opening weekend – 13 days in the green jersey and two prizes for the most combative rider of the stage, awarded to the same Alaphilippe and French ITT Champion Rémi Cavagna.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:53:32
2 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
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3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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6 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
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7 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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8 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
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9 Bryan Coquard
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10 Max Walscheid
NTT Pro Cycling
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26 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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65 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
88 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:32
94 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:01
118 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:30
119 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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120 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
87:20:05
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:59
3 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
3:30
4 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
5:58
5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
6:07
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
6:47
7 Tom Dumoulin
Team Jumbo-Visma
7:48
8 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Pro Cycling
8:02
9 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
9:25
10 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain - McLaren
14:03
36 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:19:11
43 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:33:30
90 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:20:41
113 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:58:46
114 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:00:04
127 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:14:52
130 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:26:21
138 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:32:33
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
380 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
284 pt
3 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
260 pt
4 Bryan Coquard
181 pt
5 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
174 pt
6 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
170 pt
7 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
150 pt
8 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
143 pt
9 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
138 pt
10 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
138 pt
36 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
51 pt
46 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41 pt
74 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23 pt
104 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
129 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
87:20:05
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
6:07
3 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
1:42:43
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Pro Cycling
1:55:12
5 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
2:15:39
6 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana Pro Team
2:37:02
7 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
2:50:04
8 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
2:54:34
9 Neilson Powless
EF Pro Cycling
3:03:09
10 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
4:15:38
15 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:58:46
16 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:00:04
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
82 pt
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
74 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
67 pt
4 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
62 pt
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
51 pt
6 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36 pt
7 Pierre Rolland
36 pt
8 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
36 pt
9 Nans Peters
AG2R La Mondiale
32 pt
10 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
27 pt
15 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
39 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
46 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Movistar Team 262:14:58
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 18:31
3 Bahrain - McLaren 57:10
4 EF Pro Cycling 1:16:43
5 INEOS Grenadiers 1:32:01
6 Trek - Segafredo 1:39:39
7 Astana Pro Team 1:47:15
8 AG2R La Mondiale 2:58:47
9 UAE-Team Emirates 3:06:46
10 Mitchelton-Scott 3:25:10

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