Saddle up! Waterford’s world leading sprinter Sam Bennett returns to the Tour De France
The world’s leading sprinter, Carrickbeg man Sam Bennett is returning to the Tour De France this year following a two-year hiatus.
His team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, handed race organisers a list of their provisional riders for the world’s most famous and most challenging race, and according to Cycling Weekly, Bennett was named as one of the three.
Sam (29) has had to watch the last two versions of the Tour De France from afar, after his former team, Bora Hansgrohe opted not to select Sam in favour of other sprinters, much to the disbelief of the cycling world.
Already, Sam has amassed five grand tour victories, including three in the 2018 Giro D’Italie and last season notched up a spectacular 16 wins on the season.
Over the winter Sam made a high profile move from his former team Bora, to Deceuninck-QuickStep, a team he said he has dreamed of riding for since he started cycling.
Deceuninck-QuickStep are known to love their sprinters, having been responsible for the best parts of the careers of legends like Mark Cavendish and Elia Viviani.
This year’s rescheduled Tour De France starts on Saturday, August 29 in Nice and finishes on Sunday, September 20 on Paris’s Champs-Élysées.