Sam Bennett: Green jersey is a different kind of pressure but I'm coping with it

Team Deceuninck-QuickStep rider Sam Bennett wearing the best sprinters green jersey rides during the 15th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 175 km between Lyon and Grand Colombier on September 13 2020 Photo by Marco Bertorello AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images
Team Deceuninck-QuickStep rider Sam Bennett wearing the best sprinters green jersey rides during the 15th stag (Image credit: Getty Images)

Bunch sprints at the Tour de France go by in a flash, but they endure in the memory, especially for the beaten men. In the opening phase of this race, Sam Bennett's near misses – fourth in Nice on stage 1, second in Sisteron on stage 3, third in Privas on stage 5– were beginning to weigh on his mind.

When the Irish champion flipped out the light in his hotel room each night, he found himself staring at the ceiling, replaying the opportunities missed and totting up the chances left. The pressure didn't abate even when Bennett won at Île de Ré on stage 10. It simply changed form.

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