Sam Bennett and Patrick Lefevere respond to Irishman's absence from Tour de France line-up

The Deceuninck - Quick-Step boss has accused his sprinter of more 'fear of failure than just pain'

Sam Bennett
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Sam Bennett and his Deceuninck - Quick-Step boss, Patrick Lefevere, have responded to the announcement the sprinter will miss this year's Tour de France.

Last year's green jersey winner has been battling injury for the past few weeks and was believed to be recovering in time for the Grand Départ in Brittany on June 26.

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