Ireland's Sam Bennett makes it back-to-back stage wins in BinckBank Tour 2019

Sam Bennett seems untouchable at the BinckBank Tour in its early stages. The Irish cyclist completed back-to-back stage wins.

Bennett edged a bunched sprint on stage two after the Irish champion snatched victory in Hulst on the opening day.

He followed it up with another brilliant effort in a bunched sprint finish in stage two.


Sprinters had another chance to prove themselves at stage two of the BinckBank Tour. 

The course featured a very short cobbled sector 80km into the day and five other cobbled stretches in the closing half. It was not enough to split the race however.

A six-rider breakaway broke clear in the opening 20km and were allowed a fair amount of leeway by the peloton, with the gap at 2-30 early in the stage.

Bennett won the 169.1km-stage from Blankenberge to Ardooie. 

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider finished ahead of Belgian Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) and Holland's Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma), who came in at second and third consecutively.

Not expecting to win

"I can't believe it," Bennett said. His legs started to show signs of fatigue after 70km according to him. 

Bennett said he didn't expect to get a result today. He said his team looked after him in the last 10km.

"The lads looked after me so well all day, kept me at the front, and I think that I was saving so much when others were losing it at the back," he said.

"In the end I had enough legs to get the win and I'm delighted with that. I really didn't think I could get a second win here," Bennett added

What's next?

Bennett holds the overall leader's jersey in the BinckBank Tour which continues on Wednesday. 

The third stage is 137.8km which will run  into Aalter, located between Bruges and Ghent.

Will Sam Bennett do it again in the next stage of the BinckBank Tour 2019? Comment down below who you think will win the third stage.