Bennett, 29, joined Deceuninck-Quickstep over the offseason from Bora-Hansgrohe as a replacement for Elia Viviani.

Tour Down Under
Tour Down Under cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic
01/11/2020 AT 10:34

The three-time Giro d’Italia stage winner will be the leader for his new team for the Tour Down Under which gets underway towards the end of January as the traditional curtain-raiser for the new season.

"We are looking forward to starting the new season again at the Tour Down Under, where it is always a pleasure to be present, as it’s such a well-organised race with amazing fans," Deceuninck-QuickStep directeur sportif Rik Van Slycke said in a team statement.

"We go there with a strong team and a motivated Sam Bennett, who will try to get his first victory in the Deceuninck-QuickStep jersey.

“He’ll have experienced men around him, so we are confident he can achieve this goal.

Watch Sam Bennett ride to victory in Stage 14 of La Vuelta

“We can also think about getting a good GC result, but we’ll take it day by day, see how things go and how our riders cope with the heat."

The rest of the seven man-team contains Shane Archbold, who followed Bennett from Bora, as well as Iljo Keisse, Michael Morkov, Joao Almeida, Mattia Cattaneo and Dries Devenyns.

Tour Down Under
Porte rallies on final stage to take second Tour Down Under GC victory
26/01/2020 AT 08:12
Tour Down Under
Holmes takes first professional victory as Porte wins GC
26/01/2020 AT 05:28