Irish sprinter Bennett leaves Bora

Sam Bennett, who won two stages at this year's Tour of Spain, is leaving Bora after six years with the German team

Irish sprinter Sam Bennett is to leave Bora-Hansgrohe, the German team announced on Thursday, and is expected to join Deceuninck-Quick Step.

Bennett, 29, won three stages at the 2018 Giro d'Italia and two stages on this year's Tour of Spain.

"Over the last six years, Bora-Hansgrohe developed Sam Bennett into one of the best sprinters in the peloton," the team said in a statement.

"Against this background it however became more and more difficult to align the team?s and rider?s goals.

"Therefore, Bora-Hansgrohe?s management has decided to accept Sam Bennett?s wish to leave Bora-Hansgrohe and continue his journey with another team."

Bennett began his career with Sean Kelly's An Post team in Ireland before joining NetApp-Endura in 2014 which a year later evolved into Bora.

Deceuninck-Quick Step have been courting him for several weeks.

Sam Bennett, who won two stages at this year's Tour of Spain, is leaving Bora after six years with the German team