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by Shane Stokes
May 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria takes field sprint in Messina as Quick-Step Floors monopolizes podium; Démare bounces back to win stage two of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Knee surgery means Alaphilippe will miss 2017 Tour de France; Bennett third, but gains ‘so much confidence’; Race leader Jungels looks ahead after first day in pink; Fahlin and strong Wiggle High5 lineup psyched for Amgen Tour of California; Three year jail sentence for pregnant motorist who rammed cyclist into a tree; Lilian Calmejane: French cycling’s next big thing; Brian Cookson: ‘Professional sportspeople and teams will always push any rule to the very limit’; Video: André Greipel – a portrait of the Gorilla; Video: A catch-up with Laurens Ten Dam after his crash on Giro d’Italia stage 4; Video: This is the life of Team Sunweb’s mechanics at the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 4 post-race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 5 pre-race
Sam Bennett might have been forgiven for being disappointed at missing out on his first Grand Tour stage win but, speaking after the finish of stage five, the Irishman was upbeat.
His reason was the bout of severe food poisoning which nearly put him out of the race on Saturday, and from which he has now clearly recovered. “I am so happy with this result after being sick,” he said. “The team did a fantastic job and led me out perfectly. Also, Rudi [Selig] did an awesome leadout, he gave everything for me today. After being ill, I am so happy the team trusts me and this gives me so much confidence.”
Bennett’s Bora-hansgrohe team did a huge amount of work in the finale, doing most of the work in the final 14 kilometres. He then launched his sprint with about 200 metres to go, but Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) came off his wheel and took the win.
Jakub Mareczko (Willier Triestina – Selle Italia) slipped past right before the line to bag second. Still, given Bennett’s less than ideal start to the race plus the fact that Wednesday’s result was his best Grand Tour finish to date, he will continue the race with growing morale.
Directeur sportif Jens Zemke is encouraged. “I am so proud of these boys. We dominated the last 14 kilometres, rode all together into the finale,” he said. “Rudi and also the other boys led Sam perfectly. Five stages and three podium results with three different young riders, I am more than happy!”