Sam Bennett has won the Oxyclean Classic Brugge-De Panne on Wednesday. The Irishman from Deceuninck-Quick-Step was supreme in the bunch sprint in the Belgian one-day race.
Bennett was ahead of the Belgian Jasper Philipsen (second) and Pascal Ackermann (third) at the finish line at least two bike lengths and thus booked his fifth victory of the season. Earlier this year, he won two stages in Paris-Nice and the Tour of the United Arab Emirates.
Cees Bol was the best Dutchman with seventh place. The Team DSM sprinter was too far behind to play a significant role. David Dekker, the sprinter of Jumbo-Visma, was not at the top of the result.
Dylan Groenewegen, the 2019 winner, was missing from the peloton on Wednesday. The Jumbo-Visma sprinter is still suspended due to his role in the heavy crash of Fabio Jakobsen in the Tour of Poland last year.
In the more than 200 kilometers long De Panne, a leading group of six riders quickly emerged, including the Dutchman Wout van Elzakker of the Italian Vini Zabù. At the peak they got a lead of 4.5 minutes from the peloton, during which fractures were caused by the strong side wind. Ultimately, the fans were short-lived.
Due to the high pace of the large group, the six refugees were already caught at 76 kilometers from the finish. After that, several riders tried their luck, but the sprinter teams did not allow long breakouts and drove full speed to the finish place in De Panne.
Deceuninck-Quick-Step brought Bennett to the finish in a seat and the Irishman crowned his teammates’ front work with a convincing victory. Philipsen and Ackermann never came close to the sprinter of the Belgian formation.
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