Bennati wins Giro della Toscana

Bennett wins final stage in Pontedera

Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) got the better of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Daniele Bennati (Italian National Team) to win the final stage of the two-day Giro della Toscana in Pontedera in a high-speed sprint.

The Irish sprinter had struggled after finishing as lantern rouge at the Tour de France in the summer but is now building his form and his confidence for the world road race championships in Qatar, where he will lead the three-rider Irish team.

Bennett took advantage of the work of the Italian National Team in the final kilometres of the 185km stage after Bardiani and Movistar did the work to pull back the break of the early day. Bennett followed his sprinter's instinct to move through to the front and open up his sprint.

The mix of professional and under 23 riders in the Italian race worked to set up Bennati so he could secure overall victory. A television motorbike slowed the peloton coming out of the final corner and Bennett used the moment to move up several places and get onto the wheel of Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani CSF) and Cavendish.

The Italian started his sprint early, giving Bennett an excellent leadout and allowing Bennett to then get the better of Cavendish. The Manxman was a little unhappy that Bennett moved off his line slightly but admitted to Cyclingnews that it was part of sprinting. Cavendish also showed his form as the world championships begin to loom on the horizon and the Great Britain team was named with Cavendish as leader.

Bennati was also disappointed not to win the sprint but took consolation with a rare overall victory in a stage race. He finished on the same time as Colbrelli and stage 1 winner Visconti, and with no time bonuses to separate them won overall thanks to a better placing on the final stage.

Bennett was happy to be back winning after a difficult season that was also hit by crashes.

“I’m really proud to win in Italy, especially considering the bad luck I’ve had this season and the riders I’ve won against today,” Bennett told Cyclingnews.

"I was struggling on the climb a little and cramping in the last 20km in both my legs but my teammates pushed me to hang on and suffer and then helped me in the sprint. I came into the last corner a little far back but kept my speed and ran around the others and got in behind the Bardiani guy. It was hard to wait, but he went early and so that gave me a perfect lead out.”

Bennati prefers September

A local Tuscan journalist suggested that Bennati often comes good in September and revealed he has won 16 of his 50 career wins in the later summer. Bennati admitted he prefers and performs better in the fall than in the spring. This year he again has excellent form after riding the Vuelta a Espana, where he finished second in two sprints. He will also celebrate his 36th birthday on September 24.

“I’m not sure it’s a factor but I know I’m not a very fortunate in spring. I always seem to go better in September,” Bennati explained.

“I’m not a stage race rider and never will be. But this race shows my consistency. I just regret not winning and celebrating with my arms in the air. But a win is a win and this goes on my palmares. Two months ago I was out with two fractured vertebrae, and so I’m happy to win, especially in front of my family and fans, who came from my hometown of Arezzo in southern Tuscany.

"This race is special to me because it’s dedicated to two greats of Tuscan cycling who mean a lot to me: Alfredo Martini and Franco Ballerini. That makes me even more proud.”


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 184:36:43 
2Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Italy  
4Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
5Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
6Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth  
7Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
8Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
9Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
10Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
11Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Italy  
12Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
13Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
14Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
15Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
16Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
17Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
18Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
19Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
20Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
21Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
22Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
23Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
24Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
25Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
26Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
27David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
28Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
29Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
30Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
31Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
32Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
33Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
34Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
35Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
36Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
37Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
38Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
39Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
40Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
41Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
42Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
43Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
44Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
45Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
46Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data  
47Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
48Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team  
49Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
50Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team  
51Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
52Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
53Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
54Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
55Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:13 
56Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:18 
57Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italy  
58Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:20 
59Simone Consonni (Ita) Italy0:00:27 
60Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Italy0:00:51 
61Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data0:01:25 
62Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
63Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
64Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
65Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
66Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
67Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
68Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data  
69Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth  
70Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
71Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
72Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:02:04 
73Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk0:02:18 
74Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
75Davide Ballerini (Ita) Italy  
76Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
77Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
78Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
79Riccardo Minali (Ita) Italy  
80Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
81Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
82Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
83Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
84Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth  
85Maxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
86Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:05:03 
87Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
88Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
89Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
90Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
91Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
92Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
93Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
94Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
95Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
96Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
97Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Italy  
98Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
99Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
100Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:06:27 
101Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team0:06:29 
102Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFDiego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFAndrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
DNFAdriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team  
DNFDayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
DNFAntonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
DNFStefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFSimone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFJakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFMateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFGrega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFEliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFPreben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFOtto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFValentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth  
DNFAndrea Vaccher (Ita) Team Roth  
DNFDominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
DNFDavide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
Final general classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniele Bennati (Ita) Italy8:53:03 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
3Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
4Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:03 
5Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 180:00:06 
6Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data0:00:07 
7Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
8Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Italy  
9Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
10Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
11Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
12Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team Roth  
13Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
14Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
15Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
16Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
17David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
18Andrea Fedi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
19Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
20Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
21Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
22Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
23Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
24Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18  
25Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
26Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data  
27Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
28Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
29Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
30Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
31Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team  
32Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
33Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
34Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
35Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team  
36Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
37Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:25 
38Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth0:00:55 
39Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
40Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
41Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:32 
42Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
43Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data0:02:07 
44Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept0:02:25 
45Davide Ballerini (Ita) Italy0:03:08 
46Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:05:10 
47Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:06:30 
48Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
49Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data  
50Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
51Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
52Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
53Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
54Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
55Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
56Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:06:43 
57Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:06:50 
58Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:07:55 
59Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
60Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
61Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:08:34 
62Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth0:08:48 
63Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
64Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
65Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
66Maxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - VItalyl Concept  
67Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:09:03 
68Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:10:58 
69Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
70Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
71Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
72Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:11:12 
73Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
74Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Italy0:11:16 
75Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:11:33 
76Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
77Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
78Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
79Simone Consonni (Ita) Italy0:11:39 
80Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Italy0:11:49 
81Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:23 
82Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth  
83Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
84Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data0:12:37 
85Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
86Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk0:13:16 
87Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
88Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:13:30 
89Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
90Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
91Riccardo Minali (Ita) Italy  
92Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:16:01 
93Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
94Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Italy  
95Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:16:15 
96Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
97Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
98Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
99Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
100Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:17:25 
101Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team0:17:41 
102Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 180:18:30 

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