The New Zealand cyclist George Bennett put in the work for his Jumbo-Visma team but they just missed claiming the second stage of the Vuelta a Espana.George Bennett during the 2019 Tour de France.

Bennett set the pace over the later part of the 151km hilly stage for his lead rider Primoz Roglic, however they were pipped by Spanish rider Marc Soler.

Roglic finished second to extend his overall lead to nine seconds.

Bennett finished 10th and is now eighth overall, 56 seconds behind Roglic.

Thursday’s stage is a 166km hilly stage from Lodosa to La Laguna Negra – Vinuesa.

Meanwhile Australian Ben O’Connor won the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia, a 203-km mountain trek from Bassano del Grappa as Joao Almeida retained the overall lead at the end of a quiet day for the top contenders.


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