Sam Bennett has withdrawn from the Tour De France.
The Carrick-on-Suir man cited a knee injury yesterday (Monday) as the reason for his absence from the upcoming tour.
Bennett took the green jersey in last year’s race, winning two stages.
However, things have turned a bit sour as Bennett’s team manager has questioned the severity of his knee injury.
Pat Levevre claims Bennett’s withdrawal is down to a fear of failure more than genuine pain.
Bennett says he’d be doing himself and his team an injustice by racing in this year’s Tour de France.
He’s been replaced on the Deceuninck Quick-Step team by Mark Cavendish.
Bennett took to Twitter to explain: