Sam Bennett surprises fellow sprinters and gives Deceuninck-Quick-Step a new victory in Burgos
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 4:41 PM
Sam Bennett has won the fourth stage of the Tour of Burgos. The Irishman from Deceuninck-Quick-Step crossed the line first after a 163-kilometer transition between Gumiel de Izán and Roa de Duero, by coming out of the pack in the final kilometer. Teammate Remco Evenepoel remains in the lead of the general classification.
Comet Xstra in overtal
After Thursday’s climbing violence, the riders were presented with a relatively flat 163-kilometer ride the day before the end. Six riders attacked in the opening phase. Kometa Xstra (the team of Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador) had no fewer than three riders in the lead with Alejandro Ropero, Diego Pablo Sevilla and Riccardo Verza. In the company of Damiano Cima (Gazprom – RusVelo), Txomin Juaristi (Euskaltel – Euskadi) and Willie Smit (Burgos-BH) they drove more than five minutes together. Groupama-FDJ and Bahrain-McLaren set the pace at the head of the peloton in the service of sprinters Arnaud Démare and Mark Cavendish.
The flight was reduced to five men when Juaristi crashed. He lost touch with the front runners and was let in by the peloton. The five remaining leaders saw their lead shrink further, although the peloton kept the difference around two minutes.
In the leading group it became restless with thirty kilometers to go. Ropero and Sevilla took off together with Cima, leaving Smit and Verza behind. NTT has now lent a hand to the peloton, leading to a further decrease in the lead. Ropero and Sevilla left Cima with twenty kilometers to go, after which the duo drove to the finish as a couple time trial.
The inevitable regrouping followed 13 kilometers from the end. In the final, the traditional image emerged of trains that were employed by the sprinters. However, it did not come to a mass sprint.
When the riders had to make a sharp turn in the final kilometer, a rider from Groupama slipped. Bennett took advantage of the moment and jumped away from the pack during a sloping stretch. He picked up a hole and crossed the finish line first. Démare had to settle for second place, ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo.
For Bennett, after two stage victories in Australia earlier this year, it is his third season victory. Deceuninck-Quick-Step is tomorrow’s task to defend Evenepoel’s leader’s jersey, when the final stage to Lagunas de Neila is on the program.