Winner of yesterday stage and leader of Vuelta a San Juan, Bora-Hansgrohe rider Sam Bennett was a bit disappointed after stage 2 finish. The Irishman finished 4th behind Fabio Jakobsen (Soudal-Quick-Step), Fernando Gaviria (Movistar Team) and Jon Aberasturi (Trek-Segafredo).
“I’m a bit disappointed to be honest, especially because the boys worked really hard for me again. It was a high speed bunch sprint, I was riding 55×11 and was still looking for another gear”, stated Bennett in words collected after Stage 2 finish.
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The Irishman was a bit behind the main riders and didn't fully benefit from the sprint power of his lead out man Danny Van Poppel. Still, he keeps the leaders' jersey with the same time of Fabio Jakobsen.
"I probably mistimed my sprint slightly, but I felt right at the moment. It’s easy to analyze afterward, but hard to do the exact right thing in the heat of the action.“, ended the Bora-Hansgrohe sprinter.
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Bora-Hansgrohe Sports Director, Bernhard Eisel, wasn't has happy has for yesterday's stage outcome but was satisfied with the team's performance and the fact that Sam Bennett retains his leader's jersey of Vuelta a San Juan. The long distance and weather conditions made this stage a difficult one, and Eisel also complained about that situation.
“A tough day for the guys, that started with a long transfer in the morning before the longest stage of the race. With temperatures ranging to 38 and 42 °C, it was extremely hot and challenging again for the riders. The guys, and especially Florian Lipowitz, worked a lot to stay in position and out of any kind of trouble. While a second win would have been nice, we're happy with the stage and another day in the leader’s jersey“, he said.