Tour de France: Sam Bennett strengthens hold on green jersey in frantic sprint at Poitiers

Team Deceuninck rider Irelands Sam Bennett celebrates his best sprinters green jersey at the end of the 11th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 167 km between Chatelaillon Plage and Poitiers on September 9 2020 Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson POOL AFP Photo by CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSONPOOLAFP via Getty Images
Sam Bennett in the green jersey at Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Sam Bennett’s hopes of following compatriot Sean Kelly’s wheeltracks to victory 42 years after the Tour de France's previous finish in Poiters could not become a reality on Wednesday, but the Irishman’s second place on stage 11 strengthened his hold considerably on the green jersey nonetheless.

Bennett was well placed in the closing kilometres and his teammates Kasper Asgreen and Bob Jungels did an excellent job of closing down a late attack by Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe).

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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.