Tour de France green jersey with Irishman after 31 years – News Shorts

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Sam Bennett of Deceuninck-QuickStep became the first Irishman in 31 years to wear the green points jersey after stage 5 at the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) has been proud to wear his Irish national champion's kit at this year's Tour de France, but after sprinting to a third place finish on stage 5 from Gap to Privas on Wednesday, he was just as happy to switch it out for the green jersey. He became the first Irishman in 31 years to wear the points classification prize – the last being Sean Kelly in 1989.

"I think there will be a big buzz [at home in Ireland]," said Kelly, who retired in 1994 with 193 career victories, on the Eurosport broadcast. "A lot was expected of Bennett going into this Tour. He's been talked up a lot going for stages and the green jersey. Now he's got the green jersey, so it's always a great thing for cycling back in Ireland. There is a big buzz on, and that will boost it that bit more."

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