Sam Bennett hoping to push on and 'secure place as one of the world’s top sprinters'

The Irishman says he wants to see Mark Cavendish break Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage wins record in July

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Sam Bennett is keen to further exploit cycling’s volatile sprint scene as he moves from peripheral to performer in what has been a transformative season for the Irish fast-man.

Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) outlined stages three and five as opportunities at the Critérium du Dauphiné where he hit the first target on Tuesday, ousting Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Davide Ballerini (Astana) in a bunch gallop.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.