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Sam Bennett wins opening stage in Binck Bank Tour

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Sam Bennett took his first victory in the Irish national champion’s jersey as he won the bunch sprint on stage one of the Binck Bank Tour.

The opening stage concluded with a bunch sprint, with Edward Teuns (Trek-Segafredo) leading the way, but he was caught by a great move around the outside by Bennett.

Earlier in the race, Baptiste Planckaert took first place twice at the Super 8 Checkpoint Sprints, claiming the beige leader’s jersey in the Checkpoint classification; and in the Golden Kilometre Lukasz Wisniowski took two first places and one second place in the triple intermediate sprint.

“I’m really happy,” said Bennett. “It’s my first win in this [national champion’s] jersey and I’m happy that it’s come sooner rather than later. I’m delighted.

“It was pretty dangerous. I was just trying to keep up front. The guys did a good job keeping me there and I kept in a good position in the last 2km and just tried to hold on to the bigger trains. I just tried to stay out of trouble really.

“To be honest, I was nervous with the rain, I had a few skids in the race. But it was good, I can’t complain.”

Binck Bank Tour 2019 – stage 1 results (Beveren – Hulst):

1Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)

3:37:15

2Edward Teuns (Trek-Segafredo)

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3Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)

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4Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates)

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5Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida)

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6Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Gobert)

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7Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)

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8Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Ineos)

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9Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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10Amaury Capiot (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)

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Binck Bank Tour 2019 – general classification after stage 1:

1Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)

3:37:15

2Lukasz Wisniowski (CCC)

+02”

3Lars Bak (Dimension Data)

+03”

4Edward Teuns (Trek-Segafredo)

+04”

5Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)

+06”

6Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles)

+07”

7Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates)

+10”

8Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida)

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9Timothy Dupont (Wanty-Gobert)

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10Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)

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