“The team did a fantastic job all day looking after me. In the final it was difficult to go from following a teammate to loneliness and I found myself too far ahead too soon. Then I tried to back up but it was a bit late to back up. Then they came at high speed and, I don’t know, it was a complete mess. I tried to limit my losses and get the best possible result. ”
He said it wasn’t part of the plan for his two teammates – Bob Jungels and Kasper Asgreen to go on the attack. On the contrary, they had chased down Pöstlberger, as the Austrian tried to repeat his success at the Giro d’Italia 2017 during the first stage of Sardinia.
“I let go of the wheel and I think Lotto let go of the wheel and when they got the gap they’re two big engines so I was yelling on the radio to go, come on, come on. Because the chances of catching them, especially in this final, would be so difficult. So like they have a chance to win, fantastic, ”Bennett said.
“I told them they had a gap, even to get them to turn around and look so they could see the situation. But yes, in the end it was a very difficult final and they came back.
He was almost scornful that Pöstlberger’s attack was interfering with his sprint train. ” No. We just predict that if anyone left the front, the others would follow. And in fact it almost helped us, they have a completely different idea than ours.
“We’ve been trying to get our way through the last three kilometers so they’re just burning games.”
Bennett was cautious when asked to pass judgment on events involving Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in the Stage 11 final, saying he should first see it on television before making a final statement. .
But he remarked that “A lot of sprinting is bumping and rubbing your shoulders,” before adding, jokingly, “I really don’t know what happened but since when is the sprint? it become soft? ”
Either way, he also doubted that Sagan, now almost 75 points behind him on the green points jersey, was more vulnerable in this particular standings. “I have the impression that Sagan is getting stronger,” he warned.
That said, after winning the intermediate sprint of the race behind the only fumble Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ), Bennett’s grip on the green seems very secure at least halfway through. And so, if winning at Poitiers proves impossible, he could still follow in Sean Kelly’s footsteps in this year’s race in another way.