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Mike Teunissen receives the red jersey from Robert Jesink, and Sam Bennett races fast for victory in Utrecht |  Velta in Utrecht

Mike Teunissen receives the red jersey from Robert Jesink, and Sam Bennett races fast for victory in Utrecht | Velta in Utrecht

videoSam Bennett won stage two of the Vuelta. The BORA rider was the fastest in the sprints at the Utrecht Science Park. The red shirt wraps around the shoulders of Mike Teunison.

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Bennett has already benefited from the hard work of favorite Tim Merlier team. In the 176.1 km stage from Den Bosch to Utrecht, his team constantly led the group in search of the leading group. But in the sprint, there was nowhere to be seen on the Alpecin-Deceuninck train. In the sprint race, Bennett was faster than Mads Pedersen, and Merler finished third. The Irish winner was launched thanks to a great introduction from Danny Van Poppel.

Jumbo-Visma slipped again in the final, but that didn’t stop Teunissen from running fast. Without help and without a clear plan, the Dutchman sprinted impressively into fourth place.

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Party in Den Bosch

The second stage began in a festive fashion in the packed Den Bosch. The official start took place at Brabanthallen, and within a few seconds a leading group of five riders was formed. Jetse Bol and Julius van den Berg, among others, found a place in it, much to the delight of the Dutch. This way not only were they able to enjoy the lights in the unique theater in their country, but they also had a chance to win their first Vuelta Mountain Points at Amyrongse Berg.

Voila passing over the procession in Den Bosch. © Thomas Segers / Bolsius

The peloton seemed to prevent this for a while due to several major works by Alpecin-Deceuninck. 105 kilometers from the finish, the peloton was suddenly 10 seconds behind the fugitives. But they didn’t really count, so Paul and Van den Berg still had a chance to win the mountain points and the polka dot jersey.

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In “Alto de Amerongse”, Van den Berg was clearly the strongest of the five deserters. The two points the Dutchman got there are enough to ride the mountain jersey tomorrow. Jitsi Ball did not participate in the last meters.

Shortly thereafter, 60 kilometers from the end, the leading group was captured and Peloton rushed towards Utrecht at high speed. Euskatel’s Luis Angel Maté is still on the run, but he hasn’t won more than a moment in the spotlight. The Spaniard was given a maximum of half a minute and was caught 20 kilometers from the finish.


From that moment on, the pace increased slightly, which also led to some declines. Wout Poels, among others, fell, but the Dutchman managed to keep going. In preparing for the sprint, Jumbo-Visma kept secluded to avoid unnecessary falls.

In the end, Sam Bennett was the surprising winner at the Utrecht Science Park. Participated hardly because of the average train. The Pedersen and Bennett teams had their affairs in order and could vie for victory. In the end, the Irish turned out to be the strongest.

Photo: Cor Vos
© Photo: Cor Vos

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