Sam Bennett beaten at Scheldeprijs by cold and Alpecin-Fenix train

SCHOTEN BELGIUM APRIL 07 Arrival Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix Celebration Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 109th Scheldeprijs 2021 Mens Elite a 1942km race from Terneuzen to Schoten SP21 FlandersClassic on April 07 2021 in Schoten Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) bows his head after coming second to Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) at Scheldeprijs while teammate Mark Cavendish comes third (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and the Scheldeprijs is still no love affair. The Irish sprinter has everything it takes to leave his name on the so-called unofficial world championship for sprinters but it’s just not happening for the 30 year-old. 

This time around in Belgium the cold and the Alpecin-Fenix sprint tactics, spearhead by Jasper Philipsen, got the better of Bennett and four Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates. Bennett finished as runner-up on Churchill Lane in Schoten, behind young Philipsen. Teammate Mark Cavendish came third. 

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