Sam Bennett made history today as he became just the sixth Irishman to win a stage at the Tour de France.
The Tipperary man produced a superb sprint finish this afternoon to clinch Stage 10 and write his name into Irish cycling history.
Bennett is riding for the Deceuninck – Quick-Step team and his colleagues protected the 29-year-old throughout the difficult stage.
Sam Bennett spoke after his historic win and he was in shock at first before the gravity of his achievement hit home in what was a powerful, emotional interview.
“I don’t think it has hit me,” Bennett said.
“I forgot to throw the bike at the line in the moment and I thought he might have got me.
“I thought I’d be in floods of tears but I’m in shock.”
You've won Sam….YOU'VE WON!!!! 🏆🏆🏆@Sammmy_Be is é tusa buaiteoir an staid inniu!!
— Spórt TG4 (@SportTG4) September 8, 2020
Bennett took some time to gather himself before thanking everyone who contributed to his achievement.
“I just want to thank everyone that has been involved, the whole team, Patrick for giving me this opportunity and just everybody it took to get to here. I want to thank my wife, everyone around me.
“You dream of it, you never think it’ll happen. It did and, I don’t know, it took for a while to hit me.”
You can watch Bennett’s brilliant sprint finish below.
🎬 Relive the final kilometre of today's stage and 🇮🇪 Irishman @Sammmy_Be's sprint win!
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) September 8, 2020