Sam Bennett defies illness to challenge for first race win of 2018

Tour Down Under

Carrick on Suir's Sam Bennett

Carrick on Suir's Sam Bennett

Tipperary man Sam Bennett recovered from illness to come within a split second of win his first professional race of 2018.

The Carrick on Suir man was just .03 of a second behind race winner and Bora-hansgrohe team mate Peter Sagan as he crossed the line. Bennett was credited with 13th place in the group sprint finish.

It was a remarkable achievement for the local man who The Nationalist reported just last Thursday would not be taking part in the race due to illness

There’s not much of a break for Bennett now as the 860km ‘Tour Down Under’ starts in Adelaide tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16, and continues until Sunday, January 21.

Keep up to date with Sam Bennett’s progress in the Australian cycle tour here with The Nationalist.