Sam Bennett beats Elia Viviani to take maiden Grand Tour win on Giro d'Italia 2018 stage seven

The Irishman was able to beat the in-form sprinter of the Giro to claim the win in Praia a Mare

Sam Bennett wins stage seven of the 2018 Giro d'Italia (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) was able to beat the 2018 Giro d'Italia's in-form sprinter Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) on stage seven of the race, taking his maiden Grand Tour stage victory.

The Irishman deployed a strategy of waiting for the Italian in the maglia ciclamina to launch his sprint, matching him in the final 50 metres and holding his sprint in the final as Viviani faded towards the line, claiming a long-awaited victory.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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