Ireland's Sam Bennett savoured "another beautiful day" in the green jersey after maintaining his brilliant sprinting form at the Tour de France.

The Tipperary man pipped Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan to the line on Tuesday to become only the sixth Irishman to win a stage of the Tour, but the roles were reversed in Wednesday's 11th stage.

Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was inches behind winner Ewan and green jersey rival Peter Sagan in a pulsating bunched finish, though Sagan was later penalised for shoving Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert out of the way, moving Bennett up to second and strengthening his position at the top of the points classification.

"The guys did a fantastic job looking after me and I got to enjoy another beautiful day in this nice jersey and get a lot of support and applause from the roadside fans," he said afterwards.

"The sprint was really nervous and I found myself in the front too early, so I drifted back a bit, but it was too late. Despite that, I tried to limit my losses and get the most out of it, get the best result I could."

Bennett was agonisingly close to making history by becoming the first Irish rider to win back-to-back stages of the Tour de France, but he was far from downbeat as he looked ahead to Thursday's 12th stage, a 218-km ride from Chauvigny to Sarran. 

"It would have been nice to add another win, but second is still a strong result in these conditions, especially as it helps me increase my lead in the points standings," he added.