Ile de Re (France), September 8
Ireland’s Sam Bennett accomplished his set of Grand Tour victories when he prevailed within the 10th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.
The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, who already had three Giro d’Italia and two Vuelta stage wins to his title, narrowly outsprinted Australian Caleb Ewan and Slovakian Peter Sagan for his first win in biking’s largest occasion.
“I’m in shock,” a tearful Bennett informed Tour tv afterwards. “I just want to thank the whole team … everybody it took to get to here.”
“Sorry – I don’t mean to be a cry-baby,” he added, wiping away tears.
The outcome additionally meant the 29-year-old Bennett reclaims the inexperienced jersey for the factors classification from triple world champion Sagan.
Sagan is trying to win the jersey for a record-extending eighth time, whereas Bennett is hoping to turn out to be the primary Irishman to take the factors classification since Sean Kelly in 1989.
All 22 groups set off after each rider examined damaging for coronavirus on Monday’s relaxation day, with deputy race director Francois Lemarchand waving the flag for racing to begin instead of his boss Christian Prudhomme – who it emerged had additionally examined constructive.
French well being authorities and organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have stated that ought to two members of a staff, riders or workers, check constructive for the coronavirus the entire outfit shall be kicked out of the race.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) and the organisers stated that one workers member every from French outfits Cofidis and AG2R-La Mondiale, Britain’s Team Ineos-Grenadiers and Australia’s Mitchelton-Scott contracted the virus.
On a route peppered with visitors islands and roundabouts, a number of crashes occurred, with France’s Guillaume Martin, third total, and one of many most important contenders, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, being concerned in a pile-up 65km from the road.
They each made it again to the primary bunch. Reuters