Sam Bennett suffers in hotter and harder edition of Milan - San Remo

The Irishman was in the thick of the action before cracking on the Poggio and suffering a puncture

Sam Bennett at Milan - San Remo 2020 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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A pure sprinter hasn't won Milan - San Remo since Arnaud Démare in 2016, but when Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) were spotted falling out the back of the bunch, Sam Bennett's odds of winning plummetted.

Television pictures showed the Deceuninck - Quick-Step man fighting hard to stay in contention as the pace increased, but eventually the Irishman succumbed to the gradient.

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