Binckbank Tour: Sam Bennett Wins Stage 3

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 1 at BinckBank Tour

Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) took his third consecutive victory at the BinckBank Tour in Aalter, beating Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) by a tyre-width, with the photo finish needed to confirm the Irish national champion was the winner. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) finished third. A crash just before the final corner saw several riders go down or delayed, including Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Ineos). That left just a handful of sprinters up front to fight for victory. Philipsen started the sprint but acted as a lead-out for Bennett and Groenewegen, who went around him on the left and right of the road. Bennett threw his bike at the line early and so lost some speed in the final metres, allowing Groenewegen to close the gap as he dived at the line. However, the Irishman again had the edge on his Dutch rival. "I wasn't sure at all [of having won]," Bennett ...

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