Sam Bennett 'gutted to come real close' as he chases second Tour Down Under victory

The Irishman says the finish of stage four being different from what was in the roadbook was partly to blame for his second place

Sam Bennett at the Tour Down Under 2020 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Sam Bennett says he was "gutted to come real close without quite finishing the job" as he was beaten by Lotto-Soudal's Caleb Ewan to the stage four victory at the Tour Down Under 2020.

The Deceuninck - Quick-Step sprinter was looking to claim a second victory for his new team, having won the opening stage of the Australian stage race. However, Bennett says he "ran out of gas" after a slight uphill in the finish as well as starting his sprint too early, with Ewan tucked in behind and bursting through to cross the line first.

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