Bora-Hansgrohe cyclist Pascal Ackermann won the sprint on Thursday at Aguilar de Campoo, after a 157.7 km long stage. This is his first victory on Vuelta, his third on a grand tour.
Sam downgraded for a dangerous move in the final sprint.
Best peloton sprinter since the start of the Vuelta, Sam Bennett did not crack at the end of this 9th phase. But the Irish made a poor move in the final sprint. Near the barrier, the Irishman repeatedly struck Emils Liepins (Trek-Segafredo). After long minutes of waiting, the race commission finally decided by downgrading Bennett, leaving Ackermann, runner-up, to win the stage.
This victory rewards the hard work of the Bora-Hansgrohe in the final kilometers of this race. Always well placed, the German team launched its sprinter perfectly, and left with a win, its first on this Vuelta. Gerben Thijssen (Lotto Soudal) came second, Max Kanter (Sunweb) completed the podium.
Note the good result of French Alexis Renard (Israel Start-up Nation) and Lorrenzo Manzin (Total Direct Énergie) who finished 6th and 8th respectively on stage.
Roglic stopped in the final kilometers, without results
As expected, the favorites haven’t budged. Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers) remains in red, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) keeps his green shirt in the points distribution and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) always has the top climber’s polka-dot shirt on Friday at beginning of the 10th stage at Castro Urdiales. However, Slovenia was afraid 12 kilometers from the finish. A victim of a punch, the second overall had to change his bike, with no results since he managed to get back into the team-led peloton quickly.