Team News – win for Sam Bennett of Netapp-Endura


Irish rider Sam Bennett of Netapp-Endura clinched his second victory of the season in a photo finish at Rund um Köln on Monday

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Team News – win for Sam Bennett of Netapp-Endura

Sam Bennett Köln 2014

Credits: TNE/Stiehl 

Team NetApp Endura once again prevailed in the first German classic of the season. Sam Bennett clenched his second victory of the season in a photo finish. The 23-year-old Irish sprinter came in ahead of Barry Markus (Belkin) and local hero Gerald Ciolek (MTN РQhubeka) in the 98th edition of the Rund um K̦ln.

Bennett, a neo-pro who has been riding for Team NetApp – Endura since the start of the season, can already look back on two wins and six top-ten finishes this season. Jan Barta won Rund um Köln for Team NetApp – Endura already in 2012.

“It was a crazy race, hard terrain with wet conditions which made for a few crashes and splits. We worked well together all day. The guys did a fantastic job yet again setting me up for the sprint. On the last corner, Belkin and Ciolek got in front of me but I was happy because I didn’t want to jump first. It was a block headwind.”

“The guys jumped at 200m and I waited until 100m, I was coming fast but I nearly left it too late! Thanks again to the team for the fantastic support,“ comments Sam Bennett after his photo finish victory.

“This was a fantastic win – congratulations to the entire team. It was an offensive, fast race that was ridden at top speeds from the very start. We were always in the picture and up at the front. Our guys implemented our strategy perfectly. We helped to control the finale to prepare a sprint for Sam. Andreas, Michael and Ralf kept up the pace and got Sam into perfect position. Even though it was close, all that matters is that we won. A photo finish win is always something special for a sprinter,” said André Schulze, Sport Director for Team NetApp – Endura, summing up the race.


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