Sam Bennett wins reduced sprint of Vuelta a España after last kilometre crash hits the peloton
Sep 07 2019 11:26 pm CET

Sam Bennett wins reduced sprint of Vuelta a España after last kilometre crash hits the peloton
Sam Bennett wins reduced sprint of Vuelta a España after last kilometre crash hits the peloton
Photo of Sam Bennett (c)BORA-hansgrohe / VeloImages

Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) has won the very reduced sprint of the 14th stage of the Vuelta a España. There was a mass crash at the last-kilometre banner that left few riders contesting the stage.

The 14th stage of the Spanish race was 188 kilometres long between San Vicente de la Barquera and Oviedo over a route that featured a third-category climb close to the finish line and favoured the fast men. Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale), Luka Pibernik (Bahrain-Merida), Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal), Salvatore Puccio (Team Ineos), Diego Rubio (Burgos-BH) and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) formed the breakaway and they built a gap of more than two minutes with the pack.

The peloton was pulled by teams with fast men that could win the stage like Deceuninck-Quick-Step, UAE-Team Emirates and Trek-Segafredo. This pace managed to catch the remaining escapees with around 10 kilometres to go.

Just after the last kilometre banner, there was a mass crash that left a very reduced bunch to fight for the day's victory.

Lotto-Soudal's Tosh Van der Sande was the first rider to launch a strong attack taking advantage of what was happening behind. Max Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) also changed the pace and got to the Belgian rider but before he could celebrate, Sam Bennett sprinted past them and took his second victory in the 2019 edition of the race.

The General Classification riders got the same time as Bennett as they had already passed the three-kilometre banner and Primoz Roglic remains at the top of the overall standings. The rider that seemed most affected by the crash, at first sight, was Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) who had to be taken away by the ambulance.

Other riders like Tadej Pogacar and Alejandro Valverde had minor injuries as result of the accident.




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