Sam Bennett doubles the lead on the Vuelta, Edoardo Affini takes the overall lead

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) finds his superb. The Irish sprinter claimed his second Vuelta victory on Sunday, 24 hours after his previous triumph. Badly placed one kilometer from the line, he was brilliantly remounted by his teammate Danny Van Poppel in the last 700 meters. He sprinted ahead of Dane Mads Pedersen (Trek Segafredo) and Daniel McLay (Arkéa-Samsic) on this third stage of the Tour of Spain. Frenchman Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) takes fourth place.

The scenario was in line with predictions with an early breakaway animating a large part of the day, but resumed 13 kilometers from the line despite its recognized adventurers (Thomas De Gendt, Jan Bakelants, José Herrada in particular).

Among the rare highlights of the day, the abandonment after a fall of Michael Woods (Israel Premier Tech), decidedly unlucky after his exclusion before the last stage of the Tour de France due to Covid. A blow for the Israeli team which is struggling to stay in the World Tour.

We will also note the small glitches of the Ineos Grenadiers formation which saw Richard Carapaz, its leader, being caught in a fall 20 kilometers from the finish. A priori without consequence.

In the general classification, the Italian Edoardo Affini (Jumbo-Visma) takes over from his teammate Mike Teunissen thanks to a good place on Sunday and takes the leader’s red jersey. He still precedes five of his teammates following the team time trial on Friday.


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