Sam Bennett on Vuelta barging incident: 'Anybody in cycling will understand what's happening, it's not as bad as it looks'

The Irishman looked to bring the episode to a close before the start of stage 10

Sam Bennett (Credit Image: © Dirk Waem/Belga via ZUMA Press)

(Image credit: Zuma Press/PA Images)

Sam Bennett has defended his actions that saw him relegated from the stage nine victory at the Vuelta a España, saying those within cycling will understand what was going on and that the incident wasn't as bad as it looks.

The Irishman had time to sit up and celebrate after winning the bunch sprint into Aguilar de Campoo, but was relegated after commissaires reviewed helicopter footage of him barging Trek-Segafredo rider Emils Liepins twice, promoting Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the stage victory.

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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.