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Ireland's Sam Bennett wins stage 14 at Vuelta to continue incredible season

The 28-year-old Bora-Hansgrohe rider secured his 13th stage win of the year.

Bennett secured his second stage win at this year's Vuelta.
Bennett secured his second stage win at this year's Vuelta.
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IRISHMAN SAM BENNETT has secured his second stage win at this year’s Vuelta a España, as the Carrick-on-Suir man continues to enjoy a prolific season.

The 28-year-old claimed stage three last Monday and added to his success this afternoon after a 188km battle from San Vicente de la Barquera to Oviedo.

Saturday’s victory is Bennett’s 13th stage win so far this year with Bora-Hansgrohe. It is the sprinter’s fifth Grand Tour stage win after securing a hat-trick at last year’s Giro d’Italia.

He crossed the finishing line waving his finger in the air after 4 hours 28 minutes and 46 seconds, riding comfortably ahead of Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick Step) and Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal), who finished in second and third place.

Bennett took full advantage of a massive crash in the final stretch. He emerged into the final kilometre leading a reduced bunch facing a tricky uphill sprint, before easing to victory a number of bike lengths clear of Richeze sitting behind the Tipperary rider. 

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