Sam Bennett: 'Sagan leading me out is really cool but it puts me under pressure'

The Irishman won the final stage of the Vuelta a San Juan with Sagan's help, but will find Grand Tour opportunities limited in 2019

Sam Bennett wins the final stage of the 2019 Vuelta a San Juan (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) says that the pressure increases when he has superstar team-mate Peter Sagan leading him out for the sprints. Fortunately, like overnight in the Vuelta a San Juan, the Irishman comes through with the win.

Bennett won his first race of the 2019 season on Sunday, the final stage of the tour in western Argentina. In the San Juan finish, where fans crowded the roadsides, Bennett finished ahead of Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick Step). Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) placed 10th and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) 12th.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.