Sam Bennett: With some racing in my legs I'll be ready for the Tour de France

LA CHATRE FRANCE MARCH 10 Arrival Toon Cruyt of Belgium Doctor of Team Deceuninck QuickStep Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Crash Injury Michael Mrkv of Denmark and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 78th Paris Nice 2020 Stage 3 a 2125km stage from ChalettesurLoing to La Chtre ParisNice parisnicecourse PN on March 10 2020 in La Chatre France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) has spent the last few months honing his form and with his return to action penciled in for the Vuelta a Burgos next week, the Irish sprinter has told Cyclingnews that with some racing in his legs he should reach the Tour de France in late August with his best form.

Bennett hasn’t raced since abandoning Paris-Nice in March and spent the majority of the intervening months at home in Ireland as most of Europe was put under strict lockdown laws. The 29-year-old has his aim set firmly on the Tour de France, where he will hope to take his maiden stage win.

“The shape is really good and with a bit of racing in my legs and I’ll be ready. To be fair there’s not much more that I can do now. They only thing that I can do is overdo things but now I just have to stay relaxed, stay healthy and professional and let the racing do the rest. The work is done,” he told Cyclingnews

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.