Sam Bennett: I really needed that win

Sam Bennett on the podium at the Vuelta a Burgos
(Image credit: Getty Images)

A late attack rather than a sprint netted fast man Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick Step) a fine first win in cycling’s re-start to the season at the Vuelta a Burgos on Friday.

Already well-positioned in the finale, the Irishman reacted just a few fractions of a second faster than the rest of the bunch when there was a brief hesitation caused by a crash with a kilometre to go, and he pulled clear on the slight uphill that followed.

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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.