Sam Bennett wins another stage at the Tour of Bavaria


Sam Bennett scored his second stage win at this year’s Tour of Bavaria in a bunch sprint at the third stage. After winning the first stage and scoring a 4th place yesterday, the BORA – ARGON 18 sprinter won ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Cannondale). With his victory, Bennett agin takes the lead in the General Classification, and he also leads the sprint classification now. Before tomorrow’s decisive individual time trial over 26.1 kilometers, Jan Barta of BORA – ARGON 18 is in a promising position. In the last two years, Barta scored a 3rd and a 2nd place in the time trial.

“With 206 kilometers and this tough profile we have assessed the stage as the hardest one of the tour. Therefore, it was comfortable for us that we did not have the yellow jersey on our shoulders. So we took over responsibility not before the second half of the stage and helped to chase the break-away. Clearly, we wanted to ride for Sam today. The team has once again done an excellent job. Sam feels good and he has completed the lead-out quite impressive. If you win, you did everything right. Hats off to the team!”, comments Enrico Poitschke after the stage.

“We are very motivated for the time trial tomorrow. Jan is in good shape. But we do not predict any standing because there are quite some excellent time trial riders lining-up here – Dowsett, Navadauskas, Sütterlin, Machado just to mention a few. We want to give our best but it would be foolish assuming to win against those competitors”, Poitschke looks ahead.

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