Sam Bennett checks off Champs-Élysées and green jersey victories at the Tour de France

Team Deceuninck rider Irelands Sam Bennett celebrates on the podium after winning the best sprinters green jersey of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race after the 21st and last stage of 122 km between ManteslaJolie and Champs Elysees Paris on September 20 2020 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images
Sam Bennett celebrates his green jersey win in Paris (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ten days ago, after his first stage win in the Tour de France, when Sam Bennett was asked if he would prefer to win the green points jersey or the stage 21 sprint win on the Champs-Élysées, he seemed genuinely stumped over which one took precedence.

As matters turned out, Bennett did not have to choose, as on Sunday he secured both Ireland's first green jersey since Sean Kelly took it for a fourth time in 1989 and a win on the stage unofficially known as the 'sprinter's World Championships' on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.