Sam Bennett comes up short despite help from Peter Sagan in San Juan
03 February 2019 09:26
Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) beat Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) at the end stage 6 of the Vuelta a San Juan but with the peloton failing to catch the three-rider break of local riders, Bennett's strong finish only netted him fourth place in the results. Germán Tivani (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima) won the sprint on the San Juan Villicum motor racing circuit, earning the cheers of the huge local crowed, who celebrated a defeat of the big-name WorldTour riders in a battle of David versus Goliath. Bennett finished 12 seconds behind Tivani, Daniel Diaz (Municipalidad de Pocito) and Daniel Zamora (Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima) despite a furious but late chase on the flat roads on San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Bennett could see the three as he exited the final curve of the motor racing circuit but the WorldTour teams had left it too late to catch them. "I seem to have too many of these finishes, I had two last year and now one this season," Bennett admitted before escaping the crowd that invaded the pit-lane. The Irishman was gutted to miss out again after finishing third on stage 1 but did not blame his teammates after they did everything they could in the chase. Other teams had played a more tactical game and so the local riders managed to stay away and triumph in the biggest race of their season.
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