World’s leading cyclist from Carrickbeg off the mark for his new team
It hasn’t taken long for Carrickbeg’s Sam Bennett to prove to his new team he is the best sprinter in the peleton.
The 29-year-old Carrick man secured his first win for his new team Deceuninck-QuickStep, by winning the first stage of the Tour Down Under early this morning.
In just his second race for the team he signed for in December, Bennett was a comfortable enough winner of the first stage into Taununda near Adelaide after being given a great lead out by ‘the flying mullet’, Shane Archibold and Michael Morkov.
Bennett beat the Belgian Jasper Philipsen into second and Erik Ba_Ka of Slovakia, riding for his old team Bora-Hansgrohe.
The win also gives Bennett the overall lead of the tour and he will wear the unique ‘ochre’ or brown leader’s jersey going into stage two finishing in Stirling on the outskirts of Adelaide.