Sam Bennett feels the pressure before first Tour de France sprint battle

Sam Bennett pre-race training Tour de France
Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on a training ride ahead of the start of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Saturday’s opening stage of the Tour de France in Nice has been designed for the sprinters, with the sport’s fastest men also given an high-stakes opportunity to fight for the first yellow jersey of the race.

Sam Bennett is among the leading favourites for victory on stage 1, along with Caleb Ewan, Elia Viviani, six-time green jersey winner Peter Sagan and newly crowned European champion Giacomo Nizzolo. All will be targeting the double win of the first stage victory and the maillot jaune.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.