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Ireland's Sam Bennett completed his set of Grand Tour victories when he prevailed in the 10th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Cycling – Tour de France – Stage 10 – Ile d'Oleron to Ile de Re – France – September 8, 2020. Deceuninck-Quick Step rider Sam Bennett of Ireland wins the stage. Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


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ILE DE RE, France: Ireland's Sam Bennett completed his set of Grand Tour victories when he prevailed in the 10th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.

The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, who already had three Giro d'Italia and two Vuelta stage wins to his name, narrowly outsprinted Australian Caleb Ewan and Slovakian Peter Sagan for his first win in cycling's biggest event.

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"I'm in shock," a tearful Bennett told Tour television afterwards. "I just want to thank the whole team … everybody it took to get to here."

"Sorry – I don't mean to be a cry-baby," he added, wiping away tears.

The result also meant the 29-year-old Bennett reclaims the green jersey for the points classification from triple world champion Sagan.

Sagan is looking to win the jersey for a record-extending eighth time, while Bennett is hoping to become the first Irishman to take the points classification since Sean Kelly in 1989.

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All 22 teams set off after every rider tested negative for coronavirus on Monday's rest day, with deputy race director Francois Lemarchand waving the flag for racing to commence in place of his boss Christian Prudhomme – who it emerged had also tested positive.Read More – Source

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