Sam Bennett (cyclist)

For other people with the same name, see Sam Bennett (disambiguation).
Sam Bennett

Bennett at the 2014 Four Days of Dunkirk
Personal information
Full name Sam Bennett
Born (1990-10-16) October 16, 1990
Wervik, Belgium
Team information
Current team Bora–Argon 18
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
2007–2010 Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille
2010 Française des Jeux (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2011–2013 An Post–Sean Kelly
2014– NetApp–Endura
Major wins

One-day races and Classics

Clásica de Almería (2014)
Rund um Köln (2014)
Paris–Bourges (2015, 2016)
Infobox last updated on
06 October 2016

Sam Bennett (born October 16, 1990) is a Belgium-born Irish professional cyclist, who won the European Junior Points Race Championship in 2008 and has represented the Irish National team in the 2009 Tour of Ireland. He currently rides for Bora–Argon 18.[1]


Early career

Bennett was born in Wervik, Belgium, where his father Michael played professional soccer for local club Eendracht Wervik. He moved with his parents to their native Ireland at the age of four, where he spent most of his early years growing up in Carrick-on-Suir, the hometown of fellow cyclist Sean Kelly.[2][3] Bennett finished the 2011 season ranked 293rd on the UCI Europe Tour with 55 ranking points. In 2012,[4] he had several fine results including three top 10 stage results at the Tour of Britain and a third place at Ronde van Noord; the results helped Bennett to a 2012 UCI Europe Tour final rank of 267th with 57 points.

2013 season

After several positive results in late summer, he was selected to represent Ireland at the 2013 World Road Race Championships along with Dan Martin, Nicolas Roche and Matt Brammeier. Prior to the World Championships, he contested the Tour of Britain as part of the An Post–Chain Reaction team. He finished second to MTN–Qhubeka's Gerald Ciolek on the second stage into Kendal, having attacked on a 15% climb around 400 m (1,300 ft) from the finish, before being passed by Ciolek on the final straight. Bennett later won the fifth stage into Caerphilly, taking a sprint finish out of an elite group of fifteen riders. He ended the tour with a second-place finish in stage eight, losing to Mark Cavendish in London.

2015 season

Bennett was involved in a mass crash at the end of the 2015 edition of Scheldeprijs.[5] He was named in the start list for the 2015 Tour de France.[6]

Career achievements

Major results

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour WD 174
red jersey Vuelta

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress


  1. Been, José (15 October 2013). "Bennett and Machado sign for NetApp-Endura". Future plc. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  2. Tracey, Cian (8 October 2014). "I almost gave up on my pro cycling dream - Bennett". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  3. Kelly, Cillian (28 January 2015). "Bennett aims to start with a bang at Qatar and Oman". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  4. "An Post-Sean Kelly (SKT) – BEL". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  6. "2015 Tour de France start list". Velo News. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  7. "Bennett secures Junior Tour title". Irish Independent. 2008-07-14.
  8. "BENNETT TAKES VICTORY IN FRANCE". Irish Cycling. 2009-08-03.
  9. "BENNETT STUNS OLDER RIDERS WITH WIN". Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  10. "La dernière étape à Sam Benett, le coureur irlandais du VC La Pomme Marseille". Official site. 2010-05-17.
  11. "Blythe claims London-Surrey Classic". 11 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  12. "Pelucchi sprints to Trofeo Palma victory". 1 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  13. "Pelucchi wins Mallorca Challenge opener in Campos". 29 January 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
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