Sam Bennett blamed his own inexperience for his crash on the second last corner of the final stage of the Tour of Turkey on Sunday. 

In third position taking the penultimate corner, the crash cost him a possible fifth stage victory on the tour and the overall points classification. 

The Irish sprinter had won four of the first five stages, though ground lost in the uphill fourth stage meant he was not in contention to top general classification. 

However, the sprinters' jersey was up for grabs and Bennett was on course to claim it as the peleton rode into Istanbul. 

Bennett led Belgian rider Edward Theuns by seven points on the points classification prior to the final stage.

On the second last corner, Bennett attempted to overtake Theuns but his wheels skidded and he slipped on the pavement. Theuns went on to win the stage and take the points classification.

Speaking to RTÉ's Greg Allen on Drivetime, Bennett blamed his own impetuousness for the crash, saying he briefly "saw red" after his Belgian rival nudged him in the lead-up to the corner.  

"Being really honest, I let my ego get the better of me. Theuns gave me a little nudge. And I saw red for a moment and went on the inside to give him a little nudge back. And I overcooked the corner.

"So, it was my own doing. It was my own fault. It was inexperience. I should have stayed calmer and more relaxed. 

"It was a real slippy surface and I just overcooked it."

Ultimately, Bennett was happy with his efforts in the Tour of Turkey, despite the messy finish. 

"I can't really be too disappointed. If somebody told me I'd have to get two wins from the race, I would have been delighted. 

"When I had the fourth win and the fifth win in my sights, and I crashed in the last 250 metres of my season, it's hard to take in really. I was lying on the ground and thinking, 'did that really just happen?'

"I've a few bruises, more to my ego than anything else."

The crash in Istanbul notwithstanding, Bennett is chuffed with his 2017 season, which saw him claim 17 race wins. And he said he is targeting a Grand Tour stage win in 2018.

"I think for next year, if I could aim for ten wins again. I'd love to start again in the Giro (d'Italia).

"I think a win was taken away from me when I got a virus in the first week. To come so close but not actually get it (a stage win) was tough. I'd love a Grand Tour win."