Binck Banck Tour 2019, stage two – full results and standings: Sam Bennett makes it back-to-back wins

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Ireland's Sam Bennett makes it back-to-back stage wins in Ardooie - Velo
Ireland's Sam Bennett makes it back-to-back stage wins in Ardooie - Velo

Sam Bennett completed back-to-back stage wins at the BinckBank Tour after edging a bunched sprint on stage two. The Irish champion, who snatched victory in Hulst on the opening day, followed it up with another brilliant effort in a bunched sprint finish.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider won the 169.1km-stage from Blankenberge to Ardooie ahead of second-placed Belgian Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) and Holland's Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma), who was third.

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"I can't believe it," Bennett told the Tour's official Twitter feed. "After 70km my legs weren't that great, so I didn't expect to really get a result today. But 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.

"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."

The first half of the race was overshadowed by a bad crash, which forced Jumbo-Visma's Maarten Wynants and Team Ineos rider Chris Lawless to abandon.

The Binck Banck Tour continues on Wednesday with the 137.8km third stage from Aalter to Aalter and concludes on Sunday.

 

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