Irish cyclist Sam Bennett has won another individual stage of the Giro d’Italia.
Bennett made history at the weekend when he became the first Irishman to win a stage of the event for more than three decades last week, and has now repeated the feat with victory in the 12th stage on Thursday, from Osimo to Imola.
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The 27-year-old braved the horrible conditions to take the flat stage, beating off competition from Danny van Poppel and Niccolo Bonifazio. Building up a strong lead with 400 metres remaining, Bennett’s drive saw him over the line to take the win.
Bennett has been faring well overall in the competition with a number of second and third place finishes, and now matches the achievements of home favourite Elia Viviani and Britain’s Simon Yates in winning a second stage at this year’s Giro.
Yates retains the overall lead with a gap of 47 seconds, while Bennett remains second to Viviani in the points classification.
The race moves to Ferrara for another flat stage on Friday, with the attention beginning to turn to the 27th and final stage in Rome on May 27th.