With his stage win in Aalter Sam Bennett claimed a place in the record books of the BinckBank Tour. He's the first rider to score a straight hat-trick of stage wins in the event after a photo finish.
"I wasn't sure at all," Bennett said. "I think somebody touched my bike in the last corner and they broke it a little. My gears were jumping like mad, so I couldn't throw the bike around, I tried to keep myself solid. I got a run at a UAE rider in front [Philipsen, ed.] and if it wasn't for that I don't think I would have got it. I tried to make the bike as long as possible there. I was really lucky today."
His jump was just enough to beat Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen by a few centimetres and get a place in the record books. In the past Tom Boonen and Tyler Farrer won three stages in the same BinckBank Tour, but Bennett is the first to win three stages in a row.
"Yeah, it's great. I heard this morning that I could achieve something unique. It's fantastic that I got it. I am happy to make my country proud and show my national colours."
Surely a fourth consecutive win will be difficult for the sprinter, looking at Thursday's tough Ardennes stage. "Yeah that's going to be pretty hard. I am in great shape and I will do my best, but there are other riders in the team that are great on that sort of terrain. Never say never. I don't know if I can keep the jersey, there's also a time-trial and a tough classics stage on Sunday. At the end of the day I just came here to win as many stages as possible."