Sunday 22 September 2019

Ireland's Sam Bennett avoids final kilometre chaos to comfortably claim second stage win of Vuelta

Team Bora rider Ireland's Sam Bennett celebrates on the podium after winning the 14th stage of the 2019 La Vuelta cycling Tour of Spain, a 188 km race from San Vicente de la Barquera to Ovieda on September 7, 2019. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images
Team Bora rider Ireland's Sam Bennett celebrates on the podium after winning the 14th stage of the 2019 La Vuelta cycling Tour of Spain, a 188 km race from San Vicente de la Barquera to Ovieda on September 7, 2019. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images
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Irishman Sam Bennett took his second victory of this year's Vuelta a Espana as he won a crash-affected stage 14 in Oviedo.

An incident in the final kilometre of the 188km stage from San Vicente de la Barquera saw dozens of riders hit the deck and ended the challenge of a host of sprinters.

But Bennett avoided the chaos to comfortably beat Maximiliano Richeze to the finish line and claim a fifth grand tour stage victory of his career.

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Team Bora rider Ireland's Sam Bennett crosses the finish line of the 14th stage of the 2019 La Vuelta cycling Tour of Spain, a 188 km race from San Vicente de la Barquera to Ovieda on September 7, 2019. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images

Primoz Roglic retained his healthy advantage at the top of the general classification.

The Jumbo-Visma rider, who on Friday extended his lead in the red jersey, was held up behind the crash but remained on his bike.

Second-placed Alejandro Valverde was one of the riders to fall.

He said, according to his team Movistar's Twitter feed: "I don't think it has any consequences. My wrist bothers me a little, but nothing much."

Roglic remains two minutes and 25 seconds ahead of 2009 winner Valverde, with Tadej Pogacar three minutes and one second behind the race leader in third.

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