Sam Bennett: 'The pressure to win smaller races will make me a better rider'

Bora-Hansgrohe sprinter hopes experience of being a favourite will help him at Grand Tours

Sam Bennett celebrates after winning stage three of Paris-Nice

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) enjoys going into the smaller as the sprint favourite because he says it will make him a better rider for the upcoming 2018 season and Grand Tours.

The Irish cyclist won the first stage of the Tour of Turkey on Tuesday, and hopes that the responsibility of being favourite should stand him in good stead when he returns to the Grand Tours with Bora-Hansgrohe in 2018.

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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.