The Irishman Sam Bennett wins the first stage and is the leader

The Bora-Hansgrohe runner was the fastest in the final sprint and took the victory ahead of Edward Theuns and Mike Teunissen.

The Irish cyclist Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the first stage of the 15th edition of the on Monday to sprint to the Benelux (Belgium-Netherlands) and placed the leader of the general classification.

1111112222 Ninth victory of the season, he spent 3 hours, 49 minutes and 59 seconds to travel 167.2 kilometers of a rainy first stage, which started in the Belgian city of Beveren and ended in the Dutch town of Hulst.


He won the sprint final to Belgian Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Dutch Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) .

The Irish leads the general classification followed by Polish Lukasz Wisniowski (CCC Team11, Dimeg22 two and three seconds apart respectively. 444444

La Vue lta al Benelux will continue on Tuesday with the dispute of its second stage, 169.1 kilometers, between the Belgian cities of Blankenberge and Ardooie.

4 Stage classification:

1. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3h 37´15 "

2. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) at 0 "

3. Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) at 0"

4. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Emirates) at 0 "

5. Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Merida) at 0 "

Overall classification:

1. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) at 3h 37´ 05"

2. Lukasz Wisniowski (CCC Team) at 2 "

3. Lars Ytting Bak (Dimension Data) at 3"

4. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) to 4 "

5. Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) to 6"

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