Irish sprinter Sam Bennett takes his third consecutive stage win in the 2017 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey to extend overall lead
Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) continued his 100 per cent success rate in the 2017 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey on Thursday, winning his third consecutive stage.
The 26-year-old Irishman won stage three in Marmaris with another convincing performance in the bunch sprint, finishing clear of all his rivals to extend his overall race lead.
Belgian Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) placed second, with Italian Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) in third.
Many thought that a tough climb positioned just before the finish would rule Bennett out of the bunch sprint, and play into the hands of Theuns. In the event, Bennett looked comfortable navigating the climb and had energy to spare to dominate the sprint.
How it happened
At the start of the stage, Gregory Daniel (Trek-Segafredo) and Ferit Can Samlı (Turkish national team) attacked first and were later joined in the lead by Thomas Deruette (WB Veranclassic). The trio had built up a lead of over three minutes after 10km.
Lincoln Silva (Soul Brasil Cycling) attempted to bridge over, but became trapped in no-man’s land as he could not catch the three riders up front. He was swept up by the bunch just ahead of the day’s first major climb.
The trio continued to navigate the short 128.6km stage as