Daniele Bennati (born 24 September 1980) is an Italian road racing cyclist specializing in fast sprint finishes. He turned professional in 2002, when he joined the team Acqua e Sapone–Cantina Tollo and wore zebra stripes as part of Mario Cipollini’s leadout train. Upon joining the Lampre–Caffita team in 2005, he demonstrated the ability to win on his own, and has continued to do so since joining Liquigas in 2008. He is an excellent sprinter, and has won 11 stages in Grand Tours (two in the Tour de France, three in the Giro d’Italia, and six in the Vuelta a España). He won the points jersey in the 2007 Vuelta a España. In 2008 he also won the points jersey in the Giro d’Italia.
He has been nicknamed the panther because his sprint is really elegant and powerful.