Paris-Nice

Stage 5) Vienne - Bollène

FR France Thursday 11 March 2021 200.2 km

Bennett makes it two at Paris-Nice

Bennett makes it two at Paris-Nice

Sam Bennett made it two Deceuninck – Quick-Step victories on Thursday by delivering a hugely impressive sprint in Bollène, where a Paris-Nice stage concluded for the first time in 50 years, just minutes after the team notched the win across the border, at Tirreno-Adriatico. The Irishman relied again on a bulletproof lead-out train, and even though he was temporarily off the wheel of Michael Mørkøv ahead of the final kilometer, he found the power to accelerate and jump again aboard the Deceuninck – Quick-Step train with the flamme rouge in sight.

Tucked back on the wheel of the three-time Danish Champion, who showed again why he is the best lead-out man in the business, Sam waited for the final 200 meters to kick out. From the moment he opened his sprint it became clear he would be unbeatable, his stunning turn of speed propelling him to another clear victory at the “Race to the Sun”, after the one in St.Cyr-l’Ecole, this time ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), who completed the podium.

“I was disappointed after the second stage, so to bounce back and win what was the last sprinters’ stage makes me very happy. It’s fantastic that Deceuninck – Quick-Step got two wins today, I’m delighted for Julian and really proud of the Wolfpack spirit that the entire team displays no matter the race or the circumstances”, said Sam after becoming the active rider with the most stage wins at Paris-Nice.

Bennett, who after his 30th career victory in the World Tour returned in the green jersey, continued: “Big thanks to the entire team, I couldn’t have done it without them. They did again an incredible job, they were just perfect. That was an awesome lead-out and I’m super happy I could hold it to the line. Michael always gets me there and a lot of my results are down to him. When I’m on his wheel, I know that all I have to do is stay there and not panic. I did that again today and it feels great to get another win in this race I love so much.”

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:16:01
2 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
3 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
4 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
5 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
0:00
6 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
7 Bryan Coquard
0:00
8 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
9 Rudy Barbier
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:00
10 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
16 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
70 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
77 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
95 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
118 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:28
141 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:51
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
18:42:41
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:31
3 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:37
4 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
0:40
5 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:41
6 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
0:58
7 Tiesj Benoot
Team DSM
1:04
8 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
1:08
9 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana - Premier Tech
1:11
10 Pierre Latour
Team Total Direct Energie
1:12
24 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:51
47 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:38
50 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:30
58 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:12
72 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:39
103 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:59
119 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:21
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36 pt
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
27 pt
3 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
21 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
19 pt
5 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
18 pt
6 Bryan Coquard
17 pt
7 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
16 pt
8 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
15 pt
9 Cees Bol
Team DSM
15 pt
10 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
14 pt
11 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
34 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
58 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0 pt
72 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0 pt
119 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0 pt
1 Anthony Perez
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
29 pt
2 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
23 pt
3 Fabien Doubey
Team Total Direct Energie
20 pt
4 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
10 pt
5 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
6 Oliver Naesen
AG2R Citroën Team
7 pt
7 Sander Armée
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
3 pt
8 Nils Politt
BORA - hansgrohe
3 pt
9 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
3 pt
10 Tiesj Benoot
Team DSM
2 pt
13 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
18:43:18
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:04
3 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
0:21
4 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:31
5 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
0:36
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:38
7 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
1:07
8 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
1:14
9 Jai Hindley
Team DSM
1:25
10 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
1:43
1 Astana - Premier Tech 56:10:28
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 2:30
3 Bahrain - Victorious 2:38
4 AG2R Citroën Team 2:47
5 UAE-Team Emirates 3:46
6 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 8:29
7 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 9:02
8 Team BikeExchange 9:45
9 Movistar Team 10:48
10 Trek - Segafredo 10:48

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