Daniele Bennati claims the opening stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia

Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff) claimed the sprint victory on the opening stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia-Ruta Ciclista del Sol, thanks to perfect positioning in a critical roundabout just ahead of the line.

Trying to set his teammate Oscar Gatto up for the sprint, the Italian handled the many turns and roundabouts better than anybody else and managed to easily hold off Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Juan Jose Lobato (Tinkoff) to take the win and the first leader’s jersey in the race.

It was Bennati’s first win for Tinkoff, and only his second victory in the last four seasons. His most recent came while racing with the Italian National Team in the GP Industria & Commercio di Prato last September.

Vuelta a Andalucia 2016 – stage 1 results (Almonaster la Real – Sevilla):

1 Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff)


2 Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise)


3 Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar)


4 Oscar Gatto (Tinkoff)


5 Gijs Van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise)


6 Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)


7 Reto Hollenstein (IAM)


8 Raymond Kreder (Roompot – Oranje Peloton)


9 Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)


10 David Tanner (IAM)  ,,

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