Sam Bennett nears green-jersey victory in Tour de France

Sam Bennett of Deceuninck-QuickStep
Sam Bennett of Deceuninck-QuickStep has worn green jersey since winning stage 10 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) continues to close in on his dream of winning the Tour de France green jersey outright as he came through stage 19’s tough transition stage, with 2,000 metres of climbing, still very much in command of the classification.

Bennett out-powered rival and seven-time points winner Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) in the intermediate sprint behind lone breakaway Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and other attackers, where he placed fifth to Sagan’s sixth. He also beat Sagan at the stage finish in Champagnole, where Bennett finished eighth from a break to Sagan’s ninth.

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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.