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Bennett becomes first Irish driver since Sean Kelly to lead Tour points classification

Last updated: 02/09/20 18:15 pm


Sam Bennett took over the green jersey on stage five

Sam Bennett became the first Irish driver in 31 years to don the green Tour de France jersey.

Bennett won an intermediate sprint and placed third in the fifth 113-mile (183 km) stage, behind Belgian Wout van Aert. Dutchman Cees Bol finished second.

The last Irishman to wear the jersey, awarded to the best overall sprinter, was Sean Kelly in 1989.

Bennett was the virtual holder of the green jersey after just 48 km of stage five after taking the 20 points left in an intermediate sprint.

His position was confirmed when he finished ahead of sprint rivals Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan.

This could spark the first real battle for the Tour’s green jersey in several years, with Bennett having become a major challenger to Sagan.

Peter Sagan has won the green jersey seven times in the past eight years

Peter Sagan has won the green jersey seven times in the past eight years

The Czech rider has won seven of the last eight green jerseys, usually winning the competition early.

But Bennett, a former Sagan teammate at Bora-Hansgrohe, arrived on the tour with new determination with his new team Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

The Carrick-on-Suir native, who is also the seat of Sean Kelly, is still considering his first stage victory in this year’s race after narrowly missing twice.

The Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey of the leader of the general classification after remaining safe in the peloton.

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