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Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) emerged victorious from a bunch sprint in stage 10 of the Tour de France today.
The Irish rider timed his sprint to perfection, fending-off stage 3 winner Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and green jersey holder Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in Ile de Ré.
As a result, Bennett moved back into the lead of the points classification after taking it from Sagan on stage 5 ,only to give it up two stages later.
Meanwhile, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) remains in the overall race lead with a 21-second advantage over Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and a further seven seconds over Guillaume Martin (Cofidis).
Today’s stage got underway with an attack from the Swiss duo of Michael Schär (CCC Team) and Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ).
However, with 69 kilometers remaining, their adventure was brought to a close.
At the same time, a crash plagued the peloton, claiming riders such as Nielson Powless, Mads Pedersen, Nicholas Roche, Robert Gesink and Sam Bewley, while top GC riders like Guillaime Martin and Tadej Pogacar were briefly left behind.
With 16 kilometers to go, another crash marred the peloton, this time involving Jonas Koch (CCC Team), while riders like Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) were greatly distanced.
From there, the peloton began organizing itself for an inevitable sprint finish, with Bennett being the first to open up his sprint during the final run-in to the finish.
At one point, it appeared that Bennett might get overhauled by Ewan, but the Irish national champion had enough impetus to hold-off his Australian rival on the line.
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