Sam Bennett claims first professional victory at one-day Clasica de Almeria in Spain
Ireland's Sam Bennett claimed his first professional victory at the one-day Clasica de Almeria in Spain.
Last Updated: 02/03/14 9:53pm
The 23-year-old NetApp-Endura rider prevailed from a bunch sprint ahead of Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) and Davide Vigano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA).
The win follows a series of promising early-season results at the tours of Qatar and Oman and hands NetApp-Endura their first victory of the year.
Bennett said afterwards: "The guys got me perfectly to about 600m to go. I was well-positioned in the last corner. I had to go at 250m because the pace dropped.
"I came around everyone and took the inside line. At 100m to go my legs started to buckle and I thought I wasn't going to make it. But luckily I did. I am so happy to have taken my first win as a pro."
Bennett turned professional with NetApp-Endura over the winter.