Stage success for Dan Martin on day 3 of the Vuelta Espana

Paola Ditto
Октября 23, 2020

IRELAND'S SAM BENNETT edged a dramatic final sprint to win stage four of the Vuelta a Espana today, with Primoz Roglic maintaining the overall lead.

Martin's 10-bonus seconds for the stage victory move him up to 2nd on general classification, five-seconds off Roglic.

Victory on stage 3 followed back-to-back 3rd place finishes for the 34-year old on this year's Vuelta.

"The sponsors have supported us all through Covid, Sylvan Adams and Ron Baron, the owners, there were no salary cuts or anything like that".

"The team was really motivated for the whole of lockdown because of that, to train harder". And I just really wanted to win a stage for this team as they've been so good to me.

"The team was awesome, every single of them played a part in the victory".

However, Bennett, full of confidence after his two stage wins and green jersey success at the Tour de France, showed once again that he is the man to beat in the final 300 metres as he came around Belgium rider to win by a clear bike length.

Carapaz is 13 seconds off the leader, while British rider Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) sits 38 seconds behind Roglic.

The four-time Tour de France victor produced a better display on stage three, hitting the front himself during the final climb, before crossing in the bunch. It will be one of the few stages this year with a sprint finish. The race was postponed from earlier in the year because of the pandemic.

"With regard to the next season, priority is given to his complete recovery: he will not take the start of the third stage this Thursday and will no longer compete in 2020".

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