Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sam Bennett snatches Giro win

Sam Bennett snatches Giro win

Sam Bennett is looking forward to a more "relaxed" Giro d'Italia after his got his maiden Grand Tour stage win on Thursday.

Bennett beat Elia Viviani in a sprint finish to win the 159km ride along the Tyrrhenian sea on Friday.

O'Connor finished 12th, 43 seconds behind Chaves and he is now Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka's best-placed rider in 13th overall and second in the young rider competition.

Mitchelton-Scott took first and second in the stage, sending Yates leapfrogging past Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin in the GC to take the pink jersey from BMC's Rohan Dennis.

"Anything else now is a bonus".

"There's less opportunities after this stage and there are so many tough stages to come". "I'm not that far behind the leaders, and what I'm thinking is that if I can stay somewhat within reach, then hopefully I can still perform quite well, and the [stage 16] time trial will help me out as well".

The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.

The peloton being controlled by Quick-Step, Willier and Mitchelton Scott obviously with the former aiming to put Elia Viviani in prime position come the finish.

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He said: "Today was about patience". I was glad I kept my cool and it paid off.

"It felt really good", Yates told Eurosport. There were a few close calls, but we made it. The peloton remained ever-watchful of those early breaks but eventually allowed a group of 28 riders to go clear, including Jacques Janse van Rensburg for Africa's Team.

He said: "With so many fast sprinters here, timing was the key and also taking Viviani's wheel".

"It was really disappointing to lose Rudi, but the guys did a great job today and I could see they had real big belief in me".

"It was very hard to get Viviani's wheel, everyone wanted that wheel, and we had to fight for it".

With AP Photos.Sam Bennett has timed his sprint to perfection to win the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia.

Bennett's one minute eleven seconds behind the overall leader Simon Yates of England but believes that difference could be much less had he ridden a smarter race.

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