Irish star Bennett takes 50th career win on Stage 4 of UAE Tour

Sam Bennett won Stage 4 of the UAE Tour in a tight finish on Thursday (AEDT).

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett Source: AAP

Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step) crossed the line first in a bunch sprint of the Tour's Hope Probe Stage, pipping David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) at Al Marjan Island.

It is the first victory in 2021 for last year's Tour de France Green Jersey-winner, and the 50th of his professional career.

At the end of a stage marked by a breakaway effort from Frenchmen Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ) and François Bidard (AG2R-Citroën Team), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) retained the overall leader’s jersey by finishing safely in the bunch.

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"I really wanted to win at the UAE Tour this year," said Bennett. "I've been very motivated.

"The team did such a good job so it was important to me that I repay that work by winning the stage today.



"I was pretty nervous before what was the first sprint of the season for myself. I had to remind myself that I just had to follow the guys.

"They did a fantastic job and made my work a lot easier. There are a lot of lead outs here and that made a pretty messy final.

"My legs were good at the end, I came from behind and I finished it off. It feels good to win in the first race of the year as I worked hard during the off season.

"I proved to myself today that I trained as well as I had to. It’s nice to reach fifty wins in my pro career.

"It's good to get it here as I had missed out on a stage win at the UAE Tour last year.”


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Published 25 February 2021 at 9:31am
By SBS Cycling Central
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