Come and See Sam Bennett win at the 2021 Tour de France
Here at Sports Travel International, we’re still recovering from the excitement of ‘The Greatest Race on Earth’. Despite many fears that it wouldn’t even take place, the Tour de France 2020 was a huge success. And what could have been a better ending, than seeing Ireland’s own sprinting superstar Sam Bennett claim, not only the stage victory on the iconic Champs – Élysées, but also the Green Jersey. Ireland’s fist Grand Tour jersey win since Sean Kelly, back in 1989.
The Green Jersey
It’s not just about stage wins at the Tour de France. The best sprinter wins the points jersey or Green jersey. Created in 1953 on the occasion of the Tour de France’s 50th anniversary, the green jersey, which is sponsored by Skoda, rewards the rider who is leading the points classification each day. Points are awarded at stage finishes, and at intermediate sprints on certain stages. It owes its colour to its first partner, La Belle Jardinière, a chain of clothing stores established in the 19th century. It goes without saying that this symbol of explosivity, passion, and speed is typically worn by the sprinters. You only have to look at who has won the Green jersey in recent years to see this clearly. In particular the Slovak, Peter Sagan, who has won the Green Jersey seven times.
We expect Sam’s competition at the 2021 Tour de France to come from; Peter Sagan, Dylan Groenewegen, Caleb Ewan and Pascal Ackermann.
Monday 28 June, Stage 3 – Lorient to Pontivy
Today is the first real sprinter’s opportunity. The course is flat from Lorient to Pontivy.
Tuesday 29 June, Stage 4 – Redon to Fougeres
The final stage in Brittany is another sprinter’s delight. Mark Cavendish won in Fougeres when the Tour last finished here, in 2015.
Albertville has been a Tour de France host city many times. The Tour usually heads into the mountains from here. Today however, the riders head to the valleys of Isère and of the Rhone. As the route is flat, we expect a sprint finish in Valence.
Thursday 8 July, Stage 12 – Saint Paul Trois Chateaux – Nimes
The riders have the privilege of riding on the Roman viaduct, the Pont du Gard on the final section of the stage, which should make for some stunning images. The stage will no doubt finish in a bunch sprint, as the terrain does not favour a break away today. Caleb Ewan won here last time the Tour ventured to these parts.
Today’s stage takes us out of the Pyrenees. The sprinters will get one final chance before Paris, but a break away may well succeed here as well. The GC contenders will probably hide and take it easy today. We know that it could all still be to play for during the final time trial tomorrow.
The finish of the Tour de France, on the iconic Avenue des Champs-Élysées, is always a breath- taking spectacle and the Tour de France 2021 will be no exception. In 2020, despite fears the tour might not even go ahead, it really was something special. Having already made history, by becoming the first Irish man to win a stage of the tour de France in 30 years, and only the second Irish rider in history to win a stage at all 3 tours (the other being Shay Elliott back in 1963); sprinter and national hero Sam Bennett tore up the record books on the Champs-Élysées this year, to take the stage victory and his green jersey title in one tremendous swoop.
Bennett said of his achievement,
“I can’t tell you how excited I am … the green jersey, on the Champs Élysées. I never thought I’d ever be able to win this stage; the sprinters’ world championships, and to do it in green, it’s just so amazing.”
Bennett also now joins a very exclusive group of only 4 (now 5) riders, to have won the prestigious closing stage of the Tour de France while wearing green. He is of course, also the first Irish rider to have achieve this most unique accolade. Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly said of Bennett’s achievement that it was,
“…going to be really important for Irish cycling, because now, with the exposure we’re getting at home, the younger generation … will get more into cycling, and that’s what we need.”
Join us to see Bennett defending his title in Paris, in what is sure to be a spectacular celebration of cycling, at the Tour de France 2021!
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