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Sam Bennett (born October 16, 1990) is an Irish professional cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Bora–Hansgrohe.[2] He turned professional in 2011, and won three stages for Bora–Hansgrohe in the 2018 Giro d'Italia.

Sam Bennett
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Bennett (2018)
Personal information
Full nameSam Bennett
Born (1990-10-16) October 16, 1990 (age 28)
Wervik, Flanders, Belgium
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight69 kg (152 lb; 10 st 12 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamBora–Hansgrohe
Rider typeSprinter
Amateur team(s)
2007–2010Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille
2010Française des Jeux (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2011–2013An Post–Sean Kelly
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
3 individual stages (2018)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2019)
Münsterland Giro (2017)
Clásica de Almería (2014)
Rund um Köln (2014, 2018)
Paris–Bourges (2015, 2016)



Early careerEdit

Bennett was born in Wervik, Flanders, Belgium, where his father Michael played professional soccer for local club Eendracht Wervik. He moved with his parents to their native Ireland at the age of four, where he spent most of his early years growing up in Carrick-on-Suir, the hometown of fellow cyclist Sean Kelly.[3][4] Bennett was head-hunted by Vélo Club la Pomme, Marseille, at 17 and joined them in the south of France after he completed his first year of third level education at Waterford Institute of Technology (where he was embarking on an Honours Degree in Health and Exercise Studies). In 2009, Bennett rode, for the first time, the An Post Rás with the Carrick Wheelers Dan Morrissey squad. During the 2010 season, Bennett won the Irish Under 23 championship in Sligo, aged 19. In 2011, Bennett left France and joined Sean Kelly's An Post Grant Thornton squad, under the tutelage of Manager Kurt Bogaerts. He again won the Irish Under 23 national championship and also the GP Stad Geel, a UCI 1.2 ranked one day race. The following year he finished 10th at the Road World U23 Championships in Limburg, and 7th in the U23 European Road Championship.

2013 seasonEdit

In 2013 An Post–Chain Reaction moved up to pro continental level. Bennett won two stages in the An Post Rás (stage 3 into Listowel and stage 8 in Skerries), and stage 5 of the Tour of Britain, in which he also took two second places.

2014 seasonEdit

Having joined NetApp–Endura, Bennett took his first professional win at the UCI 1.1 ranked Classica de Almeria and won twice in Germany, the Rund um Köln and stage 5 of the 1.HC ranked Bayern-Rundfahrt into Nuremberg.

2015 seasonEdit

The season began, for Bennett, at the Tour of Qatar where he won stage 2, finishing in the Doha Corniche. Bennett took two stage wins at the 2015 edition of the 2.HC Bayern Runfahrt on stages 1 and 3. These victories earned Bennett his first professional points classification jersey. Bennett was involved in a mass crash at the end of the 2015 edition of Scheldeprijs.[5] Bennett began the 2015 Tour de France sick, having been diagnosed with a hernia on his diaphragm. He completed 16 stages of the race before abandoning the race. He returned to racing at The Arctic Race of Norway and won stage 2 into Setermoen and finished 2nd in the points classification to Alexander Kristoff. Bennett took his final win of the season at Paris Bourges (UCI 1.1) in a sprint finish.

2016 seasonEdit

Bennett won the first stage of the (2.HC) Criterium International in Corsica. Bennett's 2016 Tour de France effort was affected by a crash that resulted in broken fingers on his right hand, but he continued to finish the race last in the general classification, and finishing in the top 10 on the final stage in Paris. After recovering from his injuries at the Tour, Bennett went on to take two stage wins at the (UCI 2.1) Giro Della Toscana Memorial Alredo Martini and won the points classification. The following month, he won his second consecutive Paris Bourges.

2017 seasonEdit

Sam Bennett of Bora–Hansgrohe, winner of the Sprint classification at the 55th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 2019 at the award ceremony.

On 7 March Bennett won Stage 3 of the 2017 Paris–Nice[6] Bennett went on to win 2 stages of the Tour of Slovenia in June 2017 and won the points classification. At the Czech Tour, he again won two stages and the points classification jersey. In September, he won the Sparkassen Munsterland Giro (HC1.1) in a photo-finish. In October, Bennett won four out of the six stages of the 2017 Tour of Turkey.[7]

2018 seasonEdit

Bennett started the season in the 2018 Tour Down Under, despite having an illness.[8] He also started in the Paris Nice, but had to abandon midway through stage 3 due to a sickness.[9] At the Volta a Catalunya Bennett finished second on stage two. On 11 May 2018, he won his maiden grand tour victory with a sprint in Praia a Mare on stage 7 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia.[10] and went on to win stages 12 (Imola) and the final stage into Rome.[11]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st   Points race, UEC European Junior Track Championships
1st Martin Donnelly Junior Tour[12]
1st Alleins GP[13]
1st Stage 7 An Post Rás
5th Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
1st   Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
1st Stage 4 Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour
7th Grand Prix de Vougy
8th Dijon–Auxonne–Dijon
1st   Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
1st GP van de stad Geel
5th Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Ronde van Noord-Holland
8th Grote Prijs Stad Zottegem
9th Road race, UEC European Under–23 Road Championships
An Post Rás
1st Stages 3 & 8
1st Stage 5 Tour of Britain
1st Overall Suir Valley 3 Day
4th Schaal Sels-Merksem
4th Kernen Omloop Echt-Susteren
6th Puivelde Koerse
7th Dutch Food Valley Classic
10th Omloop van het Waasland
1st Clásica de Almería
1st Rund um Köln
1st   Sprints classification
1st Stage 5
2nd ProRace Berlin
5th Scheldeprijs
6th RideLondon–Surrey Classic
1st Paris–Bourges
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Stage 6 Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2 Arctic Race of Norway
4th Trofeo Playa de Palma
10th Trofeo Santanyi-SesSalines-Campos
1st Paris–Bourges
1st Stage 1 Critérium International
2nd Trofeo Felanitx-Ses Salines-Campos-Porreres
3rd Eschborn-Frankfurt – Rund um den Finanzplatz
4th Trofeo Playa de Palma
5th Overall Giro di Toscana
1st Stage 2
7th Overall Tour of Qatar
8th Grand Prix de Fourmies
1st Münsterland Giro
Tour of Turkey
1st Stages 1, 2, 3 & 5
Tour of Slovenia
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 4
Czech Cycling Tour
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
1st Stage 3 Paris–Nice
2nd People's Choice Classic
8th London–Surrey Classic
10th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Rund um Köln
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 7, 12 & 21
Tour of Turkey
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 2, 3 & 6
7th Eschborn–Frankfurt
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
BinckBank Tour
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
Tour of Turkey
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stages 3 & 6
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 7 UAE Tour
1st Stage 7 Vuelta a San Juan
2nd London–Surrey Classic
6th Road race, UEC European Road Championships
10th Rund um Köln

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Giro d'Italia 158 112
  Tour de France DNF 174
  Vuelta a España
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ a b "BORA - hansgrohe". Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. ^ "With Christoph Pfingsten, BORA – hansgrohe completes its roster for 2019". Bora–Hansgrohe. Denk Pro Cycling GmbH & Co. KG. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ Tracey, Cian (8 October 2014). "I almost gave up on my pro cycling dream - Bennett". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  4. ^ Kelly, Cillian (28 January 2015). "Bennett aims to start with a bang at Qatar and Oman". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
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  6. ^ "Ireland's Sam Bennett secures biggest win of his career in France". Irish Independent. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 Tour of Turkey". Cycling News. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Sam Bennett struck down with before Tour Down Under". Cycling Weekly. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
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  10. ^ "'I just went for it' - Sam Bennett on becoming the first Irishman in 30 years to win two Grand Tour stages". The 42. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Ireland's Sam Bennett wins final stage of Giro d'Italia in thrilling sprint finish". The 42. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Bennett secures Junior Tour title". Irish Independent. 2008-07-14.
  13. ^ "BENNETT TAKES VICTORY IN FRANCE". Irish Cycling. 2009-08-03. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26.

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