Sam Bennett made an emphatic remark together with his new group, taking victory at the opening level of the Excursion Down Below 2020.

Irishman Bennett made his Deceuninck – Fast-Step debut within the first WorldTour race of the 12 months, benefitting from a flawless lead-out and taking a slim win in a natural drag race for the road.

Emerging Belgian big name Jasper Philipsen (UAE Staff Emirates) driven Bennett all of the strategy to the road and needed to accept moment, with Bora-Hansgrohe’s Erik Baška completing 3rd.

Bennett now is going into the race lead, with a four-second benefit over Philipsen.

The way it came about

The outlet day of WorldTour racing on the 2020 Excursion Down Below was once a 150km run beginning and completing in Tanunda, north of Adelaide.

Riders took on 4 laps of a 30km loop, which featured the 0.6km-long, 4 in step with cent reasonable Breakneck Hill in each and every circuit.

It took the most productive a part of an hour for a breakaway to shape appearing the stress within the bunch, however after 45 mins 4 riders went transparent – Joey Rosskopf (CCC Staff), Jarrad Drizners (UniSA-Australia), Dylan Sunderland (NTT Professional Biking) and Michael Storer (Sunweb).

The breakaway had been allowed round  4 mins early of their get away, however the peloton began last them down within the ultimate 100km of the level.

With just below 50km left to race, the bunch had closed the distance right down to not up to a minute and Rosskopf determined it was once time to dig in, launching an assault and using solo to the summit of the Breakneck Hill climb, extending his benefit to 90 seconds.

Rosskopf’s solo transfer was once then closed down early, leaving the peloton to race the overall 35km as an entire and putting in a anxious run to the end for the primary primary race of the 12 months.

Inside of 5km, Sunweb took up tasks environment the tempo however it was once transparent that they had been overeager and so they briefly disappeared from the entrance..

With two riders marking the top of the peloton, Fast-Step new they had been too a ways from the road and let EF Professional Biking mass on the entrance.

Inside of 1,500m, Fast-Step then sprung into motion as Shane Archbold pulled their educate to the top of affairs to keep away from getting boxed in.

The with 1km to race, Archbold ramped up the rate and swung off for Michael Mørkøv who sprinted as much as the 200m mark, as Bennett then introduced off his wheel at the left of the street towards the boundaries.

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Philipsen were anchored to Bennett’s wheel however he introduced proper on the identical time, however overlooked out after having to hide extra flooring. Bennett took it on natural pace to assert an early victory.

Lotto-Soudal’s Caleb Ewan was once smartly out of competition within the dash, most effective managing to surge to 7th, André Greipel (Israel Get started-Up Country) took 5th whilst Elia Viviani (Cofidis) was once fourth.


Excursion Down Below 2020, level one: Tanunda to Tanunda (150km)

1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck – Fast-Step, in 3-28-54
2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Staff Emirates
3. Erik Baška (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
5. André Greipel (Ger) Israel Get started-Up Country
6. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) EF Professional Biking
7. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto-Soudal
8. Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
9. Sam Welsford (Aus) UniSA-Australia
10. Alberto Dainese (Ita) Sunweb, all at identical time

Basic classification after level one

1. Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck – Fast-Step, at 3-28-44
2. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Staff Emirates, at 4s
3. Erik Baška (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 6s
4. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott, at 7s
5. Jarrad Drizners (Aus) UniSA-Australia, at identical time
6. Chris Lawless (GBr) Staff Ineos, at 8s
7. Dylan Sunderland (Aus) NTT Professional Biking, at identical time
8. Nathan Haas (Aus) Cofidis, at 9s
9. Michael Storer (Aus) Sunweb, at identical time
10. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis, at 10s

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