Sam Bennett surges to stage 3 triumph at the Vuelta


Sam Bennett won the third stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Monday as the Bora-hansgrohe rider sprinted to a convincing victory in Alicante.

Bennett claimed his fourth grand tour stage win, and his first at the Vuelta. He crossed the line ahead of Belgium’s Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), who came second, and Slovenian Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) in third.

Bennett’s Irish compatriot Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) retained the overall leader’s red jersey.

Roche retained an advantage of two seconds over Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and five over Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First).

“I felt so bad yesterday, I can’t tell you how bad my legs were in the stage,” Bennett said afterwards. “The team got me in the right place at the right time. If it wasn’t for the team effort today I definitely wouldn’t have got it.

“I went with momentum to the left, got on Trek and I knew it was a really fast final and kicked first. I think Trek waited a little bit too long.

“I’m delighted to get it. It means a lot to take a Grand Tour stage victory, especially in the Irish national champion’s jersey.”

The fourth stage on Tuesday will include an 175.5km-route between Cullera and El Puig. Its flat finish should again favour the sprinters before a more mountainous stage five on Wednesday.

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 3 results (Ibi. Ciudad del Juguete – Alicante):

1Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)


2Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)


3Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)


4Ion Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


5Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida)


6Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


7Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


8Cyril Barthe (Euskadi-Murias)


9Szymon Sajnok (CCC)


10Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale)


11Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)


12Damien Touze (Cofidis)


13Jonas Koch (CCC)


14Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb)


15Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)


16Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


17Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


18Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin)


19John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)


20Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)



Vuelta a Espana 2019 – general classification after stage 3:

1Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb)


2Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


3Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)


4Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


5Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


6Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


7Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


8Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


9Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


10Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


11Victor De La Parte (CCC)


12Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


13Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


14Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)


15Alexander Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


16Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


17George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)


18Jesus Herrada (Cofidis)


19Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


20Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)



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