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by Shane Stokes
May 9, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Former pro Heras to receive over €700,000 in compensation after EPO ban; Gaviria to face short stint in Maglia Rosa, but celebrates most important moment of career; Fernando Gaviria: cycling’s ‘bottomless pit’ of power; Sam Bennett: ‘I thought I was going to die’; Gaviria, Gilbert, Ewan, Dumoulin and others confirmed for Hammer Sportzone Limburg; A tight jam for Trek-Segafredo’s team bus; Video: Backstage Pass – Giro d’Italia Stage 3 Post Race; Video: 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic Stage 5 Men’s Highlights; Video: FTP test by anaerobic threshold analysis; Video: Heuston Police Department ticketing drivers over passing distance; Video: Rider taken out by crashing drone; Video: Cycling Motivation 2017 “No Judgment”
Sam Bennett winning stage 3 of the 2017 Paris-Nice.
Bora-hansgrohe sprinter Sam Bennett has experienced bad luck in each of the three Grand Tours he has done thus far, being ill before and during the 2015 Tour de France, crashing heavily on stage one of the 2016 event and, most recently, coming down with bad stomach problems in the Giro d’Italia.
Bennett was a solid ninth on the opening stage of the Giro, but came down with a stomach bug that evening. He started Saturday’s stage after spending most of the night in the bathroom and was completely depleted. Unsurprisingly, he was dropped.
“As my stage win drifted off into the sunset with the rest of the peloton, Jan [Barta] towed me along in his slipstream for the last 50km or so,” he wrote in his Irish Independent diary. “Without him, I definitely wouldn’t have finished today. Afterwards, I boarded the team bus, stumbled into the shower, got changed and fell asleep on the floor.”
He slept 11 hours that evening and began Sunday’s third stage hoping to fare better. He did, but voluntarily eased back towards the end to save strength and help his recovery. “Today was hard but it was much better than yesterday,” he wrote after the stage. “My stomach is still a little bit upset but at least I can handle it now.
“[Yesterday I was] dizzy and unable to concentrate, I thought that I was going to die.”
Click through to read the diary at the Irish Independent.