Stage 4: Cullera to El Puig 175.5km
Jakobsen bests Bennett on Stage 4, Roche retains race lead ahead of first mountain stage.
Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) claimed an early birthday present with his first Grand Tour stage win in El Puig, four days before turning 23 years old. The Irish champ Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) came close but a few millimetres prevented him from taking a second victory in two days and Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) came third on the line. Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) made it safely to the finish to retain La Roja while Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) abandoned on the eve of the first mountain stage of La Vuelta 19.
Race route and stages here
Stage 4 Results and GC
Stage 5 : L’Eliana to Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre, 170.7km