Sam Bennett texted Nicolas Roche night before historic day for Irish cycling at Vuelta a España 2019

Stage three was a memorable milestone for Irish fans

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Sam Bennett texted Vuelta a España leader Nicolas Roche the night before his stage win, saying he had to win to make Irish history.

With Bennett's win in Alicante, it was the first time an Irishman won a stage in a Grand Tour with his countryman in the race lead.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.