Sam Bennett

“My strengths as a bike rider are my sprinting abilities and being able get over small to medium climbs in a select group, while also being a little bit crazy when it's coming down to a bunch sprint.”

One of our newest team members is considered to be one of Ireland's biggest new cycling talents. Sam Bennett is already a two-time national under-23 champion and has also been able to take several wins as a junior, among others his title as a junior points-race champion on the track. Bennett started his career as a Stagiaire at team Française des Jeux, before joining Team An Post - Sean Kelly, later named An Post – Chain Reaction, where he stayed for three years. Sam Bennett showed that he is not only a fast sprinter, but also one with great climbing abilities, when he celebrated his biggest success yet, winning stage five of the Tour of Britain in 2013. On the eighth stage, he proved himself to be a strong finisher, when he came second only to world-class sprinter Mark Cavendish. Sam showed great consistency in his young career and thus will already be able to take responsibility in races that suit him.

Wervik, Belgium
Date of Birth
178 cm
69 kg
UCI Rank
UCI Rank Team
UCI Points
UCI Points Team
Previous Teams
2007–2010 - Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille
2010 - Française des Jeux (stagiaire)
2011 - 2013 - An Post-Sean Kelly
2014 Team NetApp-Endura


1st stage 5 Bayern Rundfahrt
4th stage 1 Bayern Rundfahrt
8th World Ports Classic, Youth Classification
5th stage 2 World Ports Classic
2nd Garmin Velothon Berlin
5th stage 1 4 Jours de Dunkerque
1st Rund um Köln
5th Scheldeprijs
4th stage 2 Tirreno-Adriatico
1st Clasica de Almeria
3rd stage 6 Tour of Oman
9th Tour of Qatar, Youth Classification
8th stage 6 Tour of Qatar
7th stage 5 Tour of Qatar
5th stage 4 Tour of Qatar

1st Suir Valley 3 Day
1st stages 3 & 8 An Post Rás
1st stage 5 Tour of Britain
4th Schaal Sels-Merksem
4th Kernen Omloop Echt-Susteren
6th Puivelde Koerse
7th Dutch Food Valley Classic
10th Omloop van het Waasland

3rd Ronde van Noord
8th GP Stad Zottegem
9th European Under-23 Road Race Championship

1st GP van de stad Geel
1st Under-23 Road Race Championships
4th Houthalen – Helchteren
5th National Road Race Championships

1st National Under-23 Road Race Championships
1st Stage 4 Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour
7th Grand Prix de Vougy
8th National Road Race Championships
8th Dijon–Auxonne–Dijon

1st Alleins GP
1st Stage 7 FBD Insurance Rás
5th National Under-23 Road Race Championships

1st European Junior Points Race Championship
1st Martin Donnelly Junior Tour

2nd Martin Donnelly Junior Tour