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Geniez takes Tre Valli Varesine, Bennett wins in Munsterland: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 4, 2017

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Bennett wins Sparkassen Munsterland Giro

by Shane Stokes

After a period of fatigue, Sam Bennett bounced back to form on Tuesday when he won the Sparkassen Munsterland Giro in Germany. The Bora-hansgrohe sprinter was best in a photo finish, narrowly edging out Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb), André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Marcel Kittel (QuickStep Floors). LottoNL-Jumbo rider Dylan Groenewegen was fifth.

“It´s an amazing feeling to take the win, especially after this strong startlist here today,” said Bennett. “It was so close but I am so happy and want to thank my whole team for their great teamwork and work today!”

Bennett’s win is his sixth of the season and his first in almost two months. He started feeling fatigued at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and while he won two stages in the Czech Cycling Tour, his form continued to dip. He took a month out from racing and has clearly been able to turn things around.

Early on four riders went clear, including multiple world time trial champion Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Etienne Van Empel (Roompot), Carl Soballa (LKT-Brandenburg) and Luca Henn (Lotto-Kern Haus). Despite Martin’s horsepower their maximum lead didn’t top three minutes. Martin and Soballa pushed ahead inside the final 30 kilometres but they were approximately ten kilometres later.

The sprinters’ teams worked to control things and set things up for a big gallop, which Bennett won. He will next compete in the Presidential Tour of Turkey, his final race of the year.

1. ie
BENNETT Sam
BORA - hansgrohe
04:35:27
2. de
BAUHAUS Phil
Team Sunweb
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3. de
GREIPEL André
Lotto Soudal
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