Presidential Tour of Turkey 2019 – stage one results and standings: Irish cyclist Sam Bennett takes the lead

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Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Bora-Hansgrohe celebrates  - Velo
Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Bora-Hansgrohe celebrates  - Velo

Sam Bennett of Bora-Hansgrohe won a sprint finish to claim the first stage of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey on Tuesday. 

The Irishman beat out Fabio Jakobsen of Deceuninck-QuickStep in the tight finish, his eighth stage win at this tour in the last three years, with Caleb Ewan of Lotto Soudal coming in third. 

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Afterwards Bennett was critical of his performance. 

"After my break I don’t really have the same condition but I know that, as a sprinter, you still have to get the results. I learnt a lot last year and matured a lot as a rider, and I hope to get better and better. As a sprinter you have to win if you’re good or bad. I dipped the form a little bit too much but it was enough for today.

"We’ll take each day as it comes. There’s a bit of pressure off now but we still want more wins."

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