La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 4) Garray. Numancia - Ejea de los Caballeros

ES Spain, Friday 23 October 2020
191.7 km

Vuelta a España: Bennett back to winning ways

Vuelta a España: Bennett back to winning ways

Sam Bennett racked ups his seventh win of the season after a flawless teamwork and a powerful sprint on stage 4 of the Vuelta a España, which on Friday gave the sprinters a rare opportunity to fight for glory in Ejea de los Caballeros. For Bennett, who is doing his second three-week race of the season after the Tour de France, where he became the first Irishman in 31 years to win the famous green jersey, it was the eighth win in a Grand Tour, one which underlined his status as one of the world’s best sprinters.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step drilled the pace at the front of the peloton since the start of the 191.6km-long stage and their hard work paid dividends, as the four men who spent the day in the breakaway got caught ten kilometers from the finish. Our team continued to be at the head of affairs, aware that positioning would be key in the technical last kilometers, which contained some undulating roads and tight corners.

Michael Mørkøv and Zdenek Stybar, both stage winners at the event a few years ago, provided a textbook lead-out to the Irishman, who kicked out with 150 meters to go and produced a devastating turn of speed that allowed him to overtake Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) – who tried to anticipate the downhill sprint – and win by almost a bike length.

“It was so fast in the run-in, and actually, it was fast all day and I was a bit nervous, got to admit that. We said we needed to come together at one point and the team did the job perfectly. They came together when we needed to and even more than we asked to be. We only asked a few guys to be there and the whole team was there.”

“I went for the outside and Philipsen came up the inside and got such a jump I actually didn’t think I was going to be able to catch him. But in the end, I started getting more and more speed and I was still accelerating to the line. I had the power but he was so explosive out of the corner and I didn’t know if I would catch him. But I found the speed I needed, and in the end, I managed to overtake him and take my first win since Champs-Élysées, which feels amazing”, a delighted Sam explained after picking up Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 39th victory of the year.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:53:29
2 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Jakub Mareczko
CCC Team
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4 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Gerben Thijssen
Lotto Soudal
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6 Matteo Moschetti
Trek - Segafredo
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7 Max Kanter
Team Sunweb
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8 Mihkel Räim
Israel Start-Up Nation
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9 Emmanuel Morin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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10 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Pro Cycling
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18 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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22 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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38 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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94 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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106 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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109 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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126 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
16:30:53
2 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:05
3 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:13
4 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
0:32
5 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
0:38
6 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:44
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
1:17
8 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
1:29
9 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
1:55
10 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:57
15 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:58
21 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:16
65 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:29
101 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42:08
102 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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107 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42:45
109 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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148 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
50:02
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
65 pt
2 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
57 pt
3 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
50 pt
4 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
30 pt
5 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
26 pt
6 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
7 Hugh Carthy
EF Pro Cycling
25 pt
8 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
23 pt
9 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
22 pt
10 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
21 pt
19 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
46 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
16:31:25
2 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:26
3 Gino Mäder
NTT Pro Cycling
2:59
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
3:28
5 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana Pro Team
5:10
6 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
INEOS Grenadiers
8:03
7 Georg Zimmermann
CCC Team
11:41
8 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
11:46
9 Will Barta
CCC Team
13:22
10 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
17:28
20 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:57
37 Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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50 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49:30
1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
18 pt
2 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
16 pt
3 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
14 pt
4 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
7 pt
5 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
6 pt
6 Quentin Jauregui
AG2R La Mondiale
6 pt
7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
6 pt
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
6 pt
9 Jetse Bol
Burgos-BH
4 pt
10 Matteo Badilatti
Israel Start-Up Nation
3 pt
22 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 49:35:42
2 Movistar Team 1:42
3 UAE-Team Emirates 7:14
4 Astana Pro Team 13:33
5 Mitchelton-Scott 24:21
6 Trek - Segafredo 32:16
7 INEOS Grenadiers 34:06
8 Deceuninck - Quick Step 37:12
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 40:59
10 CCC Team 46:34

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