Tipperary's Sam Bennett finishes second in one-day race in Belgium

Cyclists endure testing conditions in one-day classic

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett had to settle for second place in the Scheldeprijs 2021 race in Belgium

Tipperary cyclist Sam Bennett finished second in a sprint finish to the Scheldeprijs 2021 one-day classic in Belgium today.

The Belgian Deceuninck-Quick-Step team appeared poised for victory, with Bennett and fellow sprint specialist Mark Cavendish well placed nearing the closing stages after a tough day of racing.  

Cross winds made conditions difficult for riders and the race was decided with a sprint finish from a 30-strong group. 

Carrick-on-Suir man Bennett, bidding for his sixth win of the season, had to settle for the runner’s-up spot behind the winner Jasper Philipsen, with Cavendish in third place.

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