Sam Bennett returns to Bora-Hansgrohe with second in UAE Tour sprint

UAE Tour 2022 4th Edition 1st stage Madinat Zayed Madinat Zayed 185 km 20022022 Jai Hindley AUS Bora Hansgrohe Sam Bennett IRL Bora Hansgrohe Patrik Konrad AUT Bora Hansgrohephoto Luca BettiniSprintCyclingAgency2022
Sam Bennett alongside his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates Jai Hindley and Patrik Konrad at the UAE Tour (Image credit: Luca Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency2022)

Sunday's opening stage of the UAE Tour in Madinat Zayed brought with it the biggest sprint showdown of this still-young season, with Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) taking the early spoils from a star-packed field.

Even with Caleb Ewan and Fernando Gaviria not racing, the Belgian still had to get past the likes of Mark Cavendish, Pascal Ackermann, Dylan Groenewegen, Elia Viviani, Arnaud Démare, and Sam Bennett to raise his arms at the end of the 184-kilometre stage.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.