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Bennett wins yet again, emergency surgery for Bakelants: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 13, 2017

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Bennett takes third consecutive stage win, retains overall lead in Tour of Turkey

by Shane Stokes

Showing increasing confidence after landing three victories this month, Sam Bennett proved best once again on the third day of the Presidential Tour of Turkey on Thursday. The Bora-hansgrohe rider received a perfect leadout from his teammates and easily beat Edward Theuns (Trek – Segafredo), Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates), Manuel Belletti (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) and the rest of a whittled-down main bunch in to Marmaris.

“I’m delighted. After the first stage I was wondering, can I get another?” Bennett said. “After the second, I was like, two in a row, I’ll be lucky to get another one, and here I am. I couldn’t have dreamed of this. I’m absolutely delighted. Since Cyclassics Hamburg [on 20th August], for some reason I set this race as a target. I wanted good results here. I was supposed to end my season at Münsterland, but I said to my team, ‘can I do Turkey?’ I’m normally motivated and good in the late season, I wanted to get some results. And we’re actually doing it.”

Right after the drop of the flag Greg Daniel (Trek-Segafredo) and Ferit Can Samli (Turkish national team) went on the attack. They were joined afterwards by WB Veranclassic rider Thomas Deruette, and together the trio built a lead of over five minutes. This dropped to less than a minute with 25 kilometres remaining, prompting Daniel to go solo.

However he was caught by the start of the final climb, which thinned the group right down. Bennett’s rivals tried to put him out the back but he was able to hang on and to then speed to his third stage win and, counting the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro, his fourth recent race victory.

He will begin Friday’s stage to Selcuk with a 14 seconds advantage over his closest rival, Theuns.

Stage 3: Fethiye > Marmaris - Stage Result

Thursday 12th October 2017

1. ie
BENNETT Sam
BORA - hansgrohe
03:25:26
2. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
-
3. it
CONSONNI Simone
UAE Team Emirates
-

Today’s feature image is from stage three of the Presidential Tour of Turkey and shows Liam Bertazzo (Wilier Selle Italia) visiting a shoe polisher prior to the start in Fethiye.

  • DaveRides

    According to the blurb for the film MAMIL on the Adelaide Film Festival website, Phil Liggett is “the David Stratton of cycling.” Does that make Paul Sherwen cycling’s Margaret Pomeranz?

    I didn’t get to either of the two screenings this week, have heard good reviews though and I look forward to seeing it when it gets a wider release next year.

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