Vuelta 2020: Sam Bennett released, Pascal Ackermann overtakes Belgian Gerben Thijssen – © ANDER GILLENEA – AFP
Sam Bennett was once again the fastest sprint on Thursday at Vuelta … but the Irishman was relegated to an irregular sprint. German Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) thus won the ninth point at issue with a distance of 157.7 km rather flat between Castrillo del Val and Aguilar de Campoo.
Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), the victim of a minor fall in the first part of the stage, thus defeated the young Belgian Gerben Thijssen (Lotto Soudal), the second. Jasper Philipsen (Emirates Team Emirates) finished fourth.
The leaders of the general classification had a quiet day. Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz he keeps his red leader’s jersey and 13 seconds ahead of him Primoz Roglic which gives him a green jersey in the points classification. Nice gift for a Slovenian who today celebrated his 31st birthday.
The white shirt of the best climber with blue polka dots remains in the possession of the French Guillaume Martin and the white of the best young man remains on the Spaniard’s shoulders Enric Mas.
It was written that this stage cannot escape sprinters. And it happened in the most likely scenario. Morning breakaway mastered by teams of sprinters.
Escape of the day made by a Spaniard Aritz Bagües (Caja Rural) and Colombian Juan Felipe Osorio (Burgos BH) covered 22 kilometers before the finishing line, with just over 5 minutes advantage over the peloton.
On Friday, sprinters will have another opportunity to shine in the fairly flat 10th stage, having only a third category on the menu of the 185 kilometers hauled between Castro Urdiales and Suances, along the Cantabrian coast.