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Cycling | Sam Bennett wins Tour De France green jersey

Sam Bennett has won Ireland's first green jersey at the Tour De France in 31 years.

The Tipperary cyclist sprinted to victory on the Champs-Elysees in the final stage of the tournament, with Tadej Pogacar's stunning form earning him the yellow jersey.

Bennett, who had already secured the points classification at the intermediate sprint of the 122km stage from Mantes-la-Jolie, overcame world champion Mads Pedersen after a dramatic sprint in Paris.

Peter Sagan finished third ahead of Alexander Kristoff and Elia Viviani.

"I can't tell you how excited I am," 29-year-old Bennett said.

"The green jersey and the Champs-Elysees, the world championships of sprinting. I never thought I'd be able to win this stage and to do it in green is so special.

"And to do it too with my dream team, Deceuninck-QuickStep - the way the boys rode all day was fantastic. It's just so amazing the feeling, I can't thank everyone enough."

Bennett had also won the 10th stage of the tour, holding off Peter Sagan and Caleb Ewan to secure a famous victory.

Sean Kelly, who won green at the Tour four times, was the last Irishman to do so in 1989.

 

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