Ben­nett blasts his way to stage win

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

IRE­LAND’S Sam Ben­nett beat Elia Vi­viani in a sprint fin­ish to win the sev­enth stage of the Giro, a 159-km ride along the Tyrrhe­nian sea yes­ter­day.

Ital­ian Vi­viani (Quick-Step Floors), al­ready win­ner of two stages in the 2018 race, started his ef­fort a tad too early and was even­tu­ally over­pow­ered by Bora-Hans­grohe’s Ben­nett, who claimed his maiden grand tour stage win.

Ital­ian Nic­colo Boni­fazio (Bahrain-Merida) took third.

“I’m re­ally happy. We tried so hard in other sprints but never got the tim­ing right. The team did a fan­tas­tic job and want to thank ev­ery­one who helped me get to this point,” said Ben­nett.

Bri­ton Si­mon Yates (Mitchel­ton-Scott) re­tained the over­all leader’s pink jer­sey af­ter an un­event­ful ride from Pizzo, a day af­ter he took the maglia rosa by fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the stage end­ing up Mount Etna. –Reuters

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