Bennett, Edmondson win at Race Melbourne, Degenkolb in Mallorca: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 26, 2018

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Sam Bennett shrugs off illness to go back-to-back at Race Melbourne

by Matt de Neef

ALBERT PARK, Australia (CT) – A day after cutting a training ride short due to illness Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) has outsprinted some of the world’s best to win his second consecutive Race Melbourne.

Bennett bided his time in the peloton as a breakaway group led for most of the 22 laps around the Albert Park Formula 1 circuit. With the race all back together in the final lap Bennett waited for his moment and then dashed to what was ultimately a comfortable victory. Elia Viviani (QuickStep Floors) was second across the line, Steele von Hoff (KordaMentha Australia) was third, Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) was fourth, and pre-race favourite Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) had to settle for fifth.

Despite winning the inaugural Race Melbourne a year ago, Bennett was surprised to pull off a second-straight victory. “To be honest the last two years I came without any expectation and I think staying super cool – it really suits that final,” he said. “Today I felt good and confidence was up from that. And then it just stayed really good and I just waited. I jumped early but I came from behind and [that] seems to work.”

Just a day earlier Bennett had been unable to complete a training ride, having felt like he had “nothing in the body.”

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