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by Shane Stokes
January 26, 2018
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Somewhat aptly for one of cycling’s fastest riders, Sam Bennett has a real connection to Formula One. A long-time fan of fast cars and of motorsport, he lives in Monaco, one of the most iconic locations of F1 racing. His apartment is two minutes’ walk from the circuit there, approximately 200 metres from the famed Casino section.
“He’s the petrolhead of all petrolheads,” his girlfriend Tara Fogarty says.
On Thursday, he channelled his inner speed freak to take his second-successive Towards Zero Race Melbourne victory on, suitably, the F1 circuit in Melbourne.
“I love Formula One,” Bennett told reporters after his victory, a smile lighting his face.
The Irishman’s triumph was a welcome morale boost after a difficult few weeks. He had ended 2017 on a high note with four stage wins in the Presidential Tour of Turkey, and worked methodically during his off-season training in order to keep the momentum going. However, he came down with a bad cold in the run-up to the Santos Tour Down Under and had a far quieter race than he had anticipated.
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