Bennett takes second victory in Vuelta after crash-marred sprint


Sam Bennett launched a sudden attack in the direct aftermath of a mass fall on the home straight on Saturday to win stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana at Oviedo.

Overall Vuelta leader Primoz Roglic missed the crash but was slowed down by it and remains 2min 25sec in the lead with two monster mountain stages on Sunday and Monday.

World champion and second placed Alejandro Valverde and third placed Tadej Pogacar ended up with cuts and bruises in the crash in a dramatic culmination of what had been expected to be a straight bunch sprint.

“I knew they’d be going full gas, I was lucky to avoid it,” said an exhausted looking Roglic.

After winning the first flat stage in Valencia last week Bennett set off after Max Richeze and Tosh Van der Sande as they suddenly found themselves advancing toward the line, with Bennett burning them off with ease.

He raised one finger in a tentative celebration at the line and later said he was asking if he had won.

“Because I wasn’t expecting to be in the mix I wasn’t concentrating and didn’t know if the breakaway had been caught or made it home,” Bennett said.

“I just kind of found myself in a small group after the crash and bided my time because they were going too fast. At 300m I went for it because I just wanted to get it over,” Bennett said.

Sunday and Monday will provide a deep test of Roglic’s resolve as the true climbers can test the Slovenian’s stamina before Tuesday’s rest day and the final week of racing.

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 14 results (San Vicente de la Barquer – Oviedo):

1Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)


2Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


3Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)


4Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)


5Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale)


6Marc Soler (Movistar)


7Jonas Koch (CCC)


8John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)


9Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb)


10Szymon Sajnok (CCC)


11Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


12Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


13Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


14Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)


15Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)


16Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH)


17Vasil Kiryienka (Team Ineos)


18Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


19Dorian Godon (AG2R La Mondiale)


20Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)



Vuelta a Espana 2019 – general classification after stage 14:

1Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


3Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


4Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


5Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


6Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)


8Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal)


9Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


10Dylan Teuns (Bahrian-Merida)


11Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida)


12Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


13Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


14George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)


15Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


16Ion Izagirre (Astana)


17Marc Soler (Movistar)


18James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


19Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


20Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)



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