Turkey: Bennett strikes again in stage 3

Sam Bennett sprints to victory again in stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey.

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) took his second stage victory in as many days at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey on Thursday, following up his stage 2 success with a win in stage 3.

The Irishman bested Maximiliano Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) in a sprint finale, extending his lead in the general classification in the process.

The third stage of the Tour of Turkey ran 137.2 kilometers on an undulating route from Fethiye to Marmaris. When the early break was caught with around 20 kilometers to go, the stage was set for a potential sprint showdown, but the fast finishers would have to make it over one final climb before the line.

Bennett was up to the task. He survived the late climb and then held off a strong challenge from stage 1 winner Richeze in the sprint to snatch the victory.

Bennett now has a 10-second lead over Richeze in the general classification, but Friday’s stage will likely be his last day in the jersey; the 206.9-kilometer stage from Marmaris to Sel├žuk concludes with a challenging uphill finish sure to bring the climbers to the fore.