(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 20 – Sam Bennett returns to success and, with a time of 3h49’34 “, wins the 2nd stage of the 77th Vuelta di Spagna of cycling, the first disputed in line. s-Hertogenbosch in Utrecht, after 175.1 kilometers, the Irishman took the sprint, ahead of the Danish Mads Pedersen, second, and the Belgian Tim Merlier, third.
After today’s stage the name of the leader of the general classification has also changed, with the Dutchman Robert Gesink – trapped in a ‘hole’ of wind, perhaps also due to a crash – he reached the finish line with a few seconds delay and is was forced to hand over the red jersey to fellow countryman Mike Teunissen, who finished fourth on arrival. After today’s reshuffling, in second place for the general is Edoardo Affini, also like the leader of Jumbo-Visma, who yesterday dominated the inaugural team time trial in Utrecht. Many crashes on today’s route, one of which was also involved the Dutchman Wout Poels.
The 3rd stage is scheduled for tomorrow (the last scheduled in Dutch territory): the riders will go from Breda to … Breda, for a total of 193.5 kilometers. Monday first day of rest. (HANDLE).
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