Sam Bennett braced for UAE Tour sprinting maelstrom

Sam Bennett celebrates winning the final stage in Paris in the green jersey
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The UAE Tour is sometimes seen as a gentle introduction to the season, with warm weather, wide well-surfaced roads, and more important goals awaiting in Europe in later months. For a sprinter, however, the next week will be anything but calm and gentle.

Four of the seven stages are expected to culminate in bunch sprints, but that’s not enough to go around a cast that includes Sam Bennett, Caleb Ewan, Giacomo Nizzolo, Fernando Gaviria, Pascal Ackermann, and more. Arnaud Démare is the only absentee from the top rung of world sprinting. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.