Jakobsen tops Bennett in photo finish to claim fourth Vuelta stage

With his eyes closed, Fabio Jakobsen beat Sam Bennett in a photo finish to win the fourth stage of the Vuelta on Tuesday, while Nicolas Roche kept the overall lead.

Jakobsen fended off a strong charge by Bennett in the final meters of the 175-kilometer ride from Cullera to El Puig on Spain’s eastern coast.

”I couldn’t see because I closed my eyes, Sam was so close,” said Jakobsen. ”I went for the line and threw my bike. When I saw people from the team cheering I knew I had won. This is a big one.”

It was the first Grand Tour stage win for the Dutch rider from team Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

”To win in a Grand Tour is one of the things you dream of as a sprinter,” Jakobsen said. ”In my head I thought I could do it, but you never know for sure. To win a stage of La Vuelta wearing the colors of your country is amazing.”

”This one hurts a lot,” Bennett said. ”It was really hard to position myself in the final kilometers. On the last roundabout I lost many positions because I chose the wrong side. I really forced this one to happen but it just didn’t go as I hoped for.”

Roche finished safely in the peloton. He will carry a two-second lead over Quintana entering Wednesday’s fifth stage, which will take riders 170 kilometers (105 miles) from the city of L’Eliana to a finish by an astronomical observatory in Arcos de las Salinas.

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 4 results (Cullera – El Puig):

1 Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


2 Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)


3 Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)


4 Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)


5 Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)


6 Szymon Sajnok (CCC)


7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


8 Ion Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


9 Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale)


10 Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


11 Cyril Barthe (Euskadi-Murias)


12 Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida)


13 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin)


14 Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)


15 Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)


16 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


17 Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data)


18 Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


19 Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ)


20 Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


Vuelta a Espana 2019 – general classification after stage 4:

1 Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb)


2 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


3 Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)


4 Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


6 Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


7 Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


8 Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


9 Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


10 Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


11 Victor De La Parte (CCC)


12 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


13 Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


14 Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)


15 Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


16 Alexander Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


17 George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)


18 Jesus Herrada (Cofidis)


19 Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


20 Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)



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