Vuelta a Burgos

Stage 4) Gumiel de Izan - Roa de Duero

ES Spain, Friday 31 July 2020
163 km

Bennett stuns the peloton in Vuelta a Burgos

Bennett stuns the peloton in Vuelta a Burgos

A bold explosive attack launched seconds after he avoided a late crash in a tight hairpin, catapulted Sam Bennett to his third victory for the Wolfpack, on stage 4 of the Vuelta a Burgos; a win that came with a bonus for the 29-year-old in gaining the green jersey. It was Bennett’s 45th success in the pro ranks, and one which brings him just four victories behind Stephen Roche in the classification of the most successful Irish riders of all time.

The stage finale in Roa de Duero was chaotic, a crash derailing the lead-out trains, which included Deceuninck – Quick-Step, after Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv hit the ground (fortunately, with no serious consequences). Bennett, who was in an excellent position courtesy of the spectacular work of Kiwi Champion Shane Archbold, was quick to improvise, leaping away with 800 meters to go and showing everyone else a clean pair of wheels.

The sinuous uphill road to the line played into Sam’s advantage, who maintained his lead and had enough time to sit up and celebrate as he became the first Irishman to claim a win at the Vuelta a Burgos: “I am so happy with this victory! It was the last chance for the sprinters and it’s a win that I really needed, as it came at the right moment just ahead of the August races.”

“The finale was very hard and the hot temperatures made it tougher. We knew it was going to be a hard fight going into the last two corners, but the guys were fantastic and delivered me where I had to be going under the flamme rouge. When the crash happened, I took a quick look around me to see what was happening and saw that everybody paused for a second, so I decided to go and that was it. I’m glad also that I could win on Specialized’s new bike, which I have to say it’s really great and played an important role in my win, especially in those last tricky corners. Getting the green jersey is the cherry on the top, but the race isn’t over yet, and on Saturday we’ll try to be again up there and protect Remco”, Bennett concluded in reference to his teammate who continues to lead the general classification.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:51:19
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
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3 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
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4 Davide Cimolai
Israel Start-Up Nation
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5 Lionel Taminiaux
Bingoal - Wallonie Bruxelles
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6 Biniam Ghirmay Hailu
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
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7 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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8 Martin Laas
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 Alex Edmondson
Mitchelton-Scott
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10 Rick Zabel
Israel Start-Up Nation
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19 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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22 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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25 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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27 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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115 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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126 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:26:35
2 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:18
3 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
0:32
4 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
0:35
5 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
6 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Team INEOS
0:52
7 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
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8 Fabio Aru
UAE-Team Emirates
1:03
9 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
1:33
10 Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Mitchelton-Scott
1:35
35 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:06
60 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:24
64 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:34
102 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:16
110 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:27
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41 pt
2 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
40 pt
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32 pt
4 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31 pt
5 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
30 pt
6 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
28 pt
7 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
25 pt
8 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
25 pt
9 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
25 pt
10 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
23 pt
1 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:26:35
2 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
3 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Astana Pro Team
2:29
4 Roger Adrià Oliveras
Equipo Kern Pharma
2:53
5 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
3:03
6 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
3:28
7 Urko Berrade Fernandez
Equipo Kern Pharma
4:15
8 Rodrigo Contreras
Astana Pro Team
4:50
9 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
5:09
10 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
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15 Andrea Bagioli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:06
1 Gotzon Martín Sanz
Euskaltel - Euskadi
34 pt
2 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
3 Jetse Bol
Burgos-BH
26 pt
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
25 pt
5 Mikel Landa Meana
Bahrain - McLaren
20 pt
6 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Mitchelton-Scott
17 pt
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
8 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
Team INEOS
12 pt
9 Diego Pablo Sevilla López
Kometa Xstra Cycling Team
12 pt
10 Ben Hermans
Israel Start-Up Nation
10 pt
1 Mitchelton-Scott 46:25:02
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:58
3 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 2:56
4 Astana Pro Team 3:40
5 Team INEOS 8:02
6 Equipo Kern Pharma 8:12
7 NIPPO DELKO One Provence 10:32
8 Bahrain - McLaren 11:33
9 BORA - hansgrohe 15:26
10 Team Jumbo-Visma 16:39

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