Vuelta a Espana: Pascal Ackermann wins Stage 9 as Sam Bennett gets relegated; Richard Carapaz still leads

Sam Bennett thought he had clinched his second stage win in Spain but replays revealed the infraction, leaving Ackermann to claim victory.

Agence France-Presse October 30, 2020 00:12:13 IST
Vuelta a Espana: Pascal Ackermann wins Stage 9 as Sam Bennett gets relegated; Richard Carapaz still leads

Riders compete at thee La Vuelta at the start of the eight stage between Logrono and Alto de Moncalvillo. AP Photo

Madrid: Germany's Pascal Ackermann was declared winner of the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday after Sam Bennett was dramatically demoted for shoulder barging in the final kilometre.

Bennett thought he had clinched his second stage win in Spain but replays revealed the infraction, leaving Ackermann to claim victory. Ecuador's Richard Carapaz retained the overall lead.

Carapaz of Ineos is still 13 seconds ahead of Slovenian Primoz Roglic, with Ireland's Dan Martin 28 seconds back in third.

After crossing the line with his arms outstretched, Bennett admitted it had been a "big fight" to secure what he thought was his 50th career victory.

"We had some guys nearly put us into the barriers trying to take the wheel which was a bit sketchy but we stayed upright," Bennett added.

But replays then showed what organisers decided amounted to be "irregular sprinting" after Bennett twice barged into Emils Liepins, who had tried to slip into the Deceuninck-Quickstep train.

Ackermann believed the right decision was made.

"It wasn't a fair action from him," said Ackermann. "I think, after all the crashes in the last week, we have to take care of the other guys.

"If there is no gap, we have to stop. I feel sorry for Sam, but they took me out in Scheldeprijs and now we have to ride more fairly.

"I'm really happy about this victory and also for my team, they did an awesome job today, they did it all from the front and I'm happy to give something back to them."

But Deceuninck-QuickStep's team boss Patrick Lefevere vented his frustration on social media.

"What bullshit," he tweeted. "He was in his lead out and the @trek rider want to pull him out of it. But we know already a longtime the incompetence of the @Uci var safety first".

At the halfway point in this year's reduced 18-stage event, riders were presented with perhaps the flattest stage between Castrillo del Val and Aguilar de Campo.

Bora and Quickstep made the biggest moves, with Bennett and Ackermann pulling away together and Jasper Philipsen in pursuit.

Bennett appeared to have timed his final surge to perfection, only for the replays to cut him short.

Gerben Thijssen of Lotto Soudal came third to seal his second consecutive podium place in sprint stages of this year's event.

On Friday the 10th stage, lasting 185km, will take place between Castro Urdiales and Suances.

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