Towards Zero Race Melbourne: Sam Bennett bests Viviani in sprint finish

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the Towards Zero Race criterium in Melbourne's Albert Park for a second consecutive year, after a strong breakaway was caught during the last 5.3km lap of the fast circuit that will host the season opener of the Formula 1 World Championships in two months' time.

Mitchelton-Scott led the chase of the break along with Quick-Step Floors and seemed in control of the lead out. However, Ewan was suddenly left out front early, while Bennett timed his powerful surge perfectly. Viviani jumped onto the Irishman's wheel but was unable to come past him at the line.

Steele Von Hoffe (Bennelong SwissWellness) came through to finish third, while Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb) was fourth and Ewan fifth.

“This win is really important for my morale and confidence,” Bennett said. “I came to the Tour Down Under and unfortunately fell ill there, and didn't have very good form. Yesterday, I even had to turn back from training because I felt in a bad way. So, today's result is a bit of a surprise. I had good legs and the Bora-Hansgrohe guys did an excellent job to put me in a good position into the final stretch. It is very encouraging to get this win, which I think bodes well for the rest of the season. To win twice here is also a great feeling.”

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora - Hansgrohe2:29:08
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick - Step FloorsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Steele von Hoff (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - AustraliaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 3 - Cell 2
5Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 5 - Cell 2
7Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha AlpecinRow 6 - Cell 2
8Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 7 - Cell 2
9Robert Wagner (Ger) Team Lotto NL - JumboRow 8 - Cell 2
10Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 9 - Cell 2
11August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha AlpecinRow 12 - Cell 2
14Alex Frame (NZl) Trek - SegafredoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse LoterijRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora - HansgroheRow 15 - Cell 2
17Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora - HansgroheRow 16 - Cell 2
18Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team Lotto NL - JumboRow 18 - Cell 2
20Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 19 - Cell 2
21Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek - SegafredoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 21 - Cell 2
23Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick - Step FloorsRow 22 - Cell 2
24Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Michael Morkov (Den) Quick - Step FloorsRow 24 - Cell 2
26Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue SportRow 25 - Cell 2
27Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue SportRow 26 - Cell 2
28Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team SkyRow 27 - Cell 2
29Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 28 - Cell 2
30Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha AlpecinRow 29 - Cell 2
31Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue SportRow 31 - Cell 2
33Lars Bak Ytting (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 32 - Cell 2
34Sjoerd van Ginneken (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse LoterijRow 33 - Cell 2
35Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:10
36Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:13
37Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick - Step FloorsRow 36 - Cell 2
38Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha Alpecin0:00:17
39Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Lotto NL - JumboRow 38 - Cell 2
40Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Scott Bowden (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - AustraliaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 41 - Cell 2
43Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 42 - Cell 2
44Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 43 - Cell 2
45Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse LoterijRow 44 - Cell 2
46Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jason Lea (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - AustraliaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue SportRow 48 - Cell 2
50Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Niklas Eg (Den) Trek - SegafredoRow 52 - Cell 2
54Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue SportRow 53 - Cell 2
55Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 55 - Cell 2
57Robert de Greef (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse LoterijRow 56 - Cell 2
58Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha AlpecinRow 57 - Cell 2
59Johonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Katusha AlpecinRow 58 - Cell 2
60Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:29
61Michael Storer (Aus) Team SunwebRow 60 - Cell 2
62Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 61 - Cell 2
63Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 62 - Cell 2
64Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 63 - Cell 2
65Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 64 - Cell 2
66Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Lotto NL - JumboRow 65 - Cell 2
67Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek - SegafredoRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij0:00:33
69Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 68 - Cell 2
70Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick - Step FloorsRow 69 - Cell 2
71Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick - Step FloorsRow 70 - Cell 2
72Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:44
73Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Lotto NL - JumboRow 72 - Cell 2
74Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:49
75Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:32
76Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 75 - Cell 2
77Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek - Segafredo0:01:35
78Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:49
80Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:52
81Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:59
82Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 81 - Cell 2
83Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport0:02:02
84José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha AlpecinRow 83 - Cell 2
85Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Quick - Step Floors0:02:52
86Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek - SegafredoRow 85 - Cell 2
87Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Sam Crome (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - AustraliaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team SkyRow 88 - Cell 2
90Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek - SegafredoRow 89 - Cell 2
91George Bennett (NZl) Team Lotto NL - JumboRow 90 - Cell 2
92Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 91 - Cell 2
93Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:03:02
94Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 93 - Cell 2
95Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 94 - Cell 2
96Timothy Roe (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - AustraliaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 96 - Cell 2
98Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:00
99Nathan Elliot (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Australia0:05:04
DNFPeter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora - HansgroheRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFMaciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora - HansgroheRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFRudiger Selig (Ger) Bora - HansgroheRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFThomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFDaan Olivier (Ned) Team Lotto NL - JumboRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFTim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse LoterijRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFAaron Gate (Aus) Aqua Blue SportRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Rice (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - AustraliaRow 106 - Cell 2
DNSPhil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 107 - Cell 2

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