Sam Bennett enjoyed a stage win at the prestigious Paris-Nice, sprinting to victory in the elite road race in Moulins.

The Carrick-on-Suir native stayed clear of Australia’s Caleb Ewan and Fabio Jakobsen of the Netherlands to secure the third stage of this year’s event, which ends in Nice on Sunday.

The third stage took the riders from Cepoy to the central France town of Moulins on the banks of the Allier River.

Bennett previously won a stage of the 2017 edition, when he secured the victory in Chalons-sur-Saone.

The Bora-Hansgrohe sprinter secured a ten-second bonus for winning the stage, however, Bennett sits a long way off the race contenders, almost nine minutes behind race leader Dylan Groenewegen

The Dutchman, who won the opening two stages, remains clear of the field, six seconds clear of Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski, with Luis Leon Sanchez from Spain who sits a further five seconds off the pace.