Sam Bennett outclasses rivals with strong sprint to take Paris-Nice stage one

The Irishman continues his winning start to 2021

Sam Bennett wins stage one of Paris-Nice 2021 (Photo by Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)

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Sam Bennett provided more evidence that he's the sprinter to beat in 2021 after outclassing his rivals on Paris-Nice stage one.

The Irishman timed his sprint well, crossing the line with his hands aloft, having beaten Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) into second and former world champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) into third.

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