Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 3 of the Critérium du Dauphiné today, after the Irish rider beat Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Davide Ballerini in a sprint finish in Roem.
Bennett was moved into perfect position by his final lead out man Shane Archbold during the final 200 meters, sprinting ahead of the rest of the pack to win with enough time to sit up and celebrate.
Meanwhile, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) retained the overall lead ahead of tomorrow’s 26.1 kilometer individual time trial in Roanne.
Natnael Berhane (Cofidis) and Quentin Pacher (Vital Concept) braved the rainy conditions to form the day’s only breakaway effort.
However, after a valiant attempt to remain clear for most of the stage, the duo was eventually caught with just over 12 kilometers to go.
Jumbo-Visma, Dimension Data and Quick-Step then began amassing at the front of the peloton in a fight for position during the final kilometer.
Bora-Hansgrohe then made a late surge at the front with 500 meters remaining, moving Bennett into ideal position to contest the sprint.
After Archbold dropped off Bennett, there was nothing anyone could do to match the Irishman’s final acceleration.
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