Sam Bennett to leave Deceuninck-Quickstep at end of 2021 season

TAVIRA PORTUGAL MAY 07 Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Green Points Jersey during the 47th Volta Ao Algarve 2021 Stage 3 a 2031km stage from Faro to Tavira VoltAlgarve VAlgarve2021 on May 07 2021 in Tavira Portugal Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) at the Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Sam Bennett will leave the Deceuninck-QuickStep team at the end of the 2021 season, team manager Patrick Lefevere has revealed, as the Belgian team prepares to change its lead sprinter yet again apparently after opting not to match significant offers from rivals teams. 

According to well-informed La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Ciro Scognamiglio, Bennett could return to Bora-Hansgrohe, where he raced between 2014-2019. The Irishman would fill the sprinter’s slot of Pascal Ackermann, who could in turn, move to UAE Team Emirates. Peter Sagan is widely expected to leave Bora-Hansgrohe and has been linked to Deceuninck-QuickStep, but the loss of Bennett could leave the team without a big-name pure sprinter. 

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