Ben­nett out­pedals sprint stars to win stage

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Ire­land’s Sam Ben­nett stunned the top sprint­ers to win the third stage of the Paris-Nice race on Tues­day.

The 26-year-old Bora rider held off Nor­way’s Alexan­der Kristoff and Ger­man pair John De­genkolb and Mar­cel Kit­tel in the dash to the line at the end of the 190km stage from Ch­ablis to Chalon-sur-Saone.

France’s Ar­naud De­mare came in sixth and held onto the leader’s yel­low jersey.

A break­away group com­pris­ing French pair Ro­main Com­baud and Pierre La­tour, along­side Amer­i­can Ben King, had come ag­o­nis­ingly close to bat­tling out the vic­tory.

But hav­ing es­caped in­side the first kilo­me­tre, they were caught in the very last one by a charg­ing pelo­ton led by the sprint­ers’ teams.

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