'I just can't believe it' - Sam Bennett on taking the Green Jersey at the Tour de France


Jack Quann
Jack Quann

09.29 21 Sep 2020


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Sam Bennett says he 'can't believe' he won the final stage of the Tour de France, securing the Green Jersey.

The Irish man made history and sprinted to victory in Paris on Sunday.

The professional cyclist, from Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary, also became the second Irish man to win the green sprinter's jersey after Sean Kelly in 1989.

He told Newstalk Breakfast: "It feels like it didn't happen, I just can't believe it".

But he says he had a quiet night because of COVID-19 restrictions.

"I was just enjoying the moment, just replaying it.

"It's something I watched through all of my teenage years and from that I always dreamt about doing.

"And to actually see myself doing it, it was nice to be able to step back and kind of take it all in".

"The green jersey, when I got it, it was like I realised a dream that I never knew I had because I never thought I'd be good enough to have the green jersey.

"You use so much energy trying to collect points and trying to mark other men, and then you have other guys that are not going for it and then going for the front sprints who are fresher then.

"Then to do the Champs-Élysées with the green jersey on my back, I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be capable of doing that.

"Really it was all down to my team as well, they were absolutely fantastic throughout the whole race - the whole staff, the whole support crew and the guys on the road.

"To do it in the green jersey, I just can't believe it".

But he says he is not sure when he will get back home to celebrate.

"I really don't know when I'll be back in Ireland next, it's just so difficult to travel.

"The team as well they're looking for me to stay safe and then to really only race when they have their race scheduled for me.

"It could be Christmas, it could be November, I really don't know".

'I just can't believe it' - Sam Bennett on taking the Green Jersey at the Tour de France

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Main image: Sam Bennett, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 21st and last stage of the Tour de France in Paris. Picture by Franck Faugere/AP/Press Association Images

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