Tipp’s Sam Bennett finishes 2nd on opening stage of Paris-Nice

Photo by Wout Beel

Tipperary’s Sam Bennett has finished 2nd on the opening stage of Paris-Nice.

The Bora Hansgrohe sprinter looked to have victory in his grasp with 20 metres to go of the 170 kilometre stage – however Belgian champion Tim Merlier just edged out the Carrick man.

Tomorrow is likely to see Bennett in with another chance of victory with a flat stage expected to finish in a bunch sprint.