Sam Bennett says it was 'just a matter of luck' as he's foiled again at the Tour de France

The Irishman says he gave his rivals another lead out as he was pipped on the line by Caleb Ewan

Sam Bennett finishes second on stage three of the 2020 Tour de France (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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So far, there's no luck of the Irish for the nation's most likely victor at this year's Tour de France, as sprinter Sam Bennett lost out again on stage three.

Having blamed his own tactical mishaps for his failure to take better than fourth place on the opening day in Nice, the Deceuninck - Quick-Step rider says this time it was "just a matter of luck", as the diminutive Caleb Ewan fared better in the headwind during the bunch sprint into Sisteron.

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Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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