The Associated PressEL PUIG, Spain (AP) — With his eyes closed, Fabio Jakobsen beat Sam Bennett in a photo finish to win the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, while Nicolas Roche kept the overall lead ahead of Nairo Quintana.
Jakobsen fended off a strong charge by Bennett in the final meters of the 175-kilometer ride from Cullera to El Puig on Spain’s eastern coast.
“I couldn’t see because I closed my eyes, Sam was so close,” said Jakobsen, who will turn 23 on Saturday.
“I went for the line and threw my bike. When I saw people from the team cheering I knew I had won. This is a big one.”
It was the first Grand Tour stage win for the Dutch rider from team Deceuninck-Quiock Step.