Sam Bennett goes deep but hunger flat ends Gent-Wevelgem challenge in finale

Gent-Wevelgem 2021
Sam Bennett in the lead group at Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Image)

The difficulty of the cobbled Classics can’t really be overstated, but if there were any doubt, Sam Bennett provided a rather graphic illustration after the final ascent of the Kemmelberg at Gent-Wevelgem.

By that point, the Irishman had been the lone Deceuninck-QuickStep rider in the select front group for almost 100 miles, surviving crosswinds, cobbles, hills and unpaved roads to remain among the last men standing come final haul up the Kemmelberg.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.