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Bora-Hansgrohe sign Sam Bennett and new sprint train

Irishman returns to Bora after Peter Sagan and Pascal Ackermann depart amid Patrick Lefevere fallout

Will Strickson
3 Aug 2021

Sam Bennett has officially re-signed with Bora-Hansgrohe after his public falling out with Deceuninck-QuickStep's Patrick Lefevere.

The Irishman, who left the German outfit at the end of 2019 to get better racing opportunities, will take over the reigns from both Peter Sagan and Pascal Ackermann as the team have also signed a new sprint train.

The 2020 green jersey winner has been joined by Danny van Poppel from Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert as well as compatriot Ryan Mullen from Trek-Segafredo and Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Shane Archbold.

It comes as current manager Patrick Lefevere claimed that Bennett returning to Bora-Hansgrohe would be like 'women returning home after domestic abuse' but even ignoring his problematic choice of words it is most certainly a better situation now for Bennett as the unmistakable number one on the team.

Ralph Denk, Bora-Hansgrohe team manager, said, 'It's no secret that his departure hurt us a lot at the time. However, I can understand that he felt that step was important for his career.

'We are a team that places a lot of value on cohesion, respect and sustainable cooperation, as we believe that these are the foundations for long-term success. You can have disagreements sometimes. However, as long as you treat each other with respect, you will always find each other again.

'We have clear goals with Sam and I am confident that with our support he will be able to achieve several victories over the coming years. He is undisputably one of the very best sprinters in the world and has proven this by winning the green jersey at the 2020 Tour.'

Bennett said, 'While some may have questioned my decision at the time, I believe it is the right move for me to return to Bora-Hansgrohe.

'I have enjoyed two great years at Deceuninck-QuickStep, my boyhood dream team, and have continued my development both on and off the bike while making lifelong friendships. However, I feel ready to go back home to be the team leader that I want to be, and know Bora-Hansgrohe also want me to be.'

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