UAE Tour: Sam Bennett shuffles his lead-out to no avail

Dylan Groenewegen wins in Dubai
Sam Bennett (left) finishes behind winner Dylan Groenwegen, Fernando Gaviria and Pascal Ackermann (Image credit: Getty Images)

One of the most fascinating aspects of covering a race like the UAE Tour is just how much closer you can get to the riders. At most European races the athletes have the sanctity of the team bus in which to dissect their performances – whether good or bad – but at the UAE Tour there are no team busses with blacked-out windows, merely ageing mini-vans with plastic chairs scattered around a car park forecourt. Imagine concrete glamping with your work colleagues, only worse. Much worse.

When something goes right, as it did for Jumbo-Visma today when they set up Dylan Groenewegen for the win on stage 4, you can see the joy and celebration as the riders and staff enjoy their moment of success. But when it goes wrong, as it did for Sam Bennett and his Deceuninck-QuickStep team the mood is entirely different.

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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.