Ireland's Sam Bennett won the 175.1km flat second stage from 's-Hertogenbosch to Utrecht ©Getty Images

Ireland's Sam Bennett triumphed in a sprint finish on the second stage of cycling's Vuelta a España in The Netherlands.

The first three stages of this year's Vuelta are being held in The Netherlands before the Grand Tour moves on to Spain, and the second day provided riders with a 175.1 kilometres flat route from 's-Hertogenbosch to Utrecht.

Bora-Hansgrohe's Bennett worked himself to the front of a bunch sprint to take a second stage victory in 3hrs 49min 34sec.

That was his fourth individual stage victory on the Vuelta and first since 2020.

He earned a 12-second time bonus, with Denmark's Mads Pedersen of Trek-Segafredo taking the nine-second bonus for placing second and Belgium's Tim Merlier of Alpecin-Deceuninck the four-second boost after crossing the finish line in third.

Defending champion Primož Roglič of Slovenia and Jumbo-Visma, seeking to become the first rider to win four consecutive Vuelta titles, stayed within the main peloton.

Occupying the red jersey going into the third stage is his team-mate Mike Teunissen, the Dutch rider who placed fourth on the second stage.

Teunissen is on 4:14:14 in the general classification, the same time as five of his team-mates including Roglič after Jumbo-Visma's success in the team time trial yesterday.

Tomorrow's third stage is another flat route - 193.5km starting and finishing in the city of Breda.