'The yellow jersey's been on my mind the past few months' says Sam Bennett before Tour de France stage one

The Irishman has a great chance to take the first leader's jersey in Nice

Sam Bennett at the Tour de France 2020 (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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If Sam Bennett wins stage one of the Tour de France 2020 in Nice, he will be the first Irishman to wear the yellow jersey since Stephen Roche did in 1987.

It would be concerning if this fact wasn't on the Deceuninck - Quick-Step sprinter's mind these past few months, especially with the endless expanse of time that was the coronavirus lockdown.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

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).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.