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Friday 18 August 2017

Bennett battles way to third

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IRELAND'S Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon) finished third on the opening road stage of a crash-marred finish to the Tirreno-Adriatico yesterday.

Bennett took the podium spot following a bunch sprint in the WorldTour road race.

The placing is a milestone for the Belgian born rider as it marks his first podium finish in the WorldTour. It was made all the better by the fact that Bennett had to pick his way through crashes that dotted the finish in Cascina with riders from Giant-Alpecin and Team Sky going down.

Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) took the stage victory with Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) in second.

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