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Bennett wins stage 1 of Tour of Turkey, Sagan for TDU: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bennett wins stage 1 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey; Sagan confirms Santos Tour Down Under appearance; Reichenbach diagnosed with additional fracture, will be out of action for three months; Roglic targets Grand Tour success, but bides time for podium finish; Cookson on bid for re-election: ‘We got the politics disastrously wrong’; German time trial talent Teutenberg signs on for two years with Team WNT; Hansen stays with Team Virtu for another year; Driver rugby-tackles female cyclist and causes spinal fracture; Video: The Ultimate Cycling Motivation 2017; Video: taking yellow on a spectator’s bike.

Bennett wins stage 1 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey

by Shane Stokes

One week after winning the Sparkassen Munsterland Giro in Germany, Sam Bennett notched up his second victory of the month on day one of the Presidential Tour of Turkey. The Bora-hansgrohe sprinter received a strong leadout from teammate Shane Archbold and then launched his surge, crossing the line ahead of the Italian Marco Benfatto (Androni-Sidermec-Bottechia) and the Belgian Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo).

“I didn’t expect people to be afraid of me,” said Bennett about his status as favourite. “I thought, if we slow up, they’ll slow up. But they didn’t. I felt pressure to come up with a result in the final two kilometres. My legs felt a bit jelly because of it, but in the end, it worked really well. It’s great to be favourite in the sprints. It’s a new experience. That is, I’ve had it before but never in the WorldTour, so I think I learned a lot today about timing and taking control of where I want to go.”

The success is Bennett’s seventh of the season and marks him out as the man to beat in the remaining flat stages in the race. Although the Turkish event is a WorldTour race, it lacks the usual calibre of top teams, with just four WorldTour squads taking part.

Stage one ran 170 mainly flat kilometres from Alanya to Kemer, and quickly saw a six man breakaway get clear. Turkish national team riders Onur Balkan and Batuhan Özgür were looking for some publicity at home, and combined with Simone Sterbini and Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani-CSF), Flavio Santos (Soul Brasil Cycling) and Alex Turrin (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia).

They worked hard to break the elastic but were unable to open a sufficiently-large buffer to think about staying away until the finish. The move was hauled back with 35 kilometres remaining, with Bora-hansgrohe and Bennett then swooping.

Stage 1: Alanya > Kemer - Stage Result

Tuesday 10th October 2017

1. ie
BENNETT Sam
BORA - hansgrohe
03:57:26
2. it
BENFATTO Marco
Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia
-
3. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
-

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