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.
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.”