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Team News | 23.01.2023

First race, first win: Sam Bennett takes opening stage at Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina

The Vuelta a San Juan (UCI 2.Pro) in Argentina kicked off today with a 144km flat stage. On a windy circuit around the town of San Juan, the break of the day was kept on a short leash and eventually brought back with 20km to go. In a fast and hectic finale, BORA - hansgrohe kept Sam Bennett in position and out of trouble. After Danny van Poppel’s perfect lead out, Sam Bennett sprinted to his first win of the season and the GC lead. 

 

Result

01. S. Bennett 3:19:16 

02. M. Morkov +0:00

03. G. Nizzolo +0:00 

04. D. Van Poppel +0:00

 

From the Finish Line

“I worked really hard this off-season and all my team mates did too, so it’s really nice to kick off the season on a high note. After a not so great season last year it feels like I’ve returned to my old self now. It was a fast and hectic finale and I really want to thank my team mates for their perfect work and lead out!“ Sam Bennett

 

“It was a pretty good day for us! The boys managed to work for Sam Bennett and the stage, and at the same time to keep Sergio Higuita out of any trouble. Danny van Poppel did a perfect lead out, followed by the stage win by Sam - we’re more than happy with the opening stage of this race. With the leaders jersey on our shoulders, we’re expecting quite a lot of work on tomorrow’s stage.“ Bernhard Eisel, Sports Director

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