Sam Bennett increased his overall lead in the BinckBank Tour when he won stage two in Ardooie, Belgium, today.
The Irishman beat Belgian Jasper Philipsen and Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen in the 169.1km stage from Blankenberge.
He is now 12 seconds ahead of Poland’s Lukasz Wisniowski and 13 seconds in front of the Czech Republic’s Josef Cerny.
“I can’t believe that I won for a second time here. After 70 km, my legs weren’t feeling the best, and so I was a bit surprised to have pulled it off today,” said Bennett.
“The guys supported me very well and kept me towards the front and in an energy-saving position. In the end, I still had the legs to sprint over the line first.
“I’m really happy with this win and if possible, I’d like to go for another stage victory here. We’ve had a lot of success here so far, and we’re in good form, so we’ll see what’s possible.”
View the results below.
Stage two results
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:45:20
2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
4. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Ineos
5. Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck-Quick-Step
6. Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
7. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida
8. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 7:27:57
2. Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team +0:00:12
3. Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team +0:00:13
4. Lars Bak (Den) Dimension Data +0:00:14
5. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
6. Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
7. Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma +0:00:16
9. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
10. Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise +0:00:17
21. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
24. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
76. Willie Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin