Sam Bennett ended his Vuelta a San Juan Internacional on a high as he burst to victory in the final stage.

The Bora-hansgrohe rider earned his first success of the year by holding off the bunch in a sprint finish in San Juan, Argentina.

Bennett crossed in 2 hours 54 minutes 26 seconds, just ahead of Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagi [Deceuninck-QuickStep] and Erik Baska [Bora-hansgrohe].

He took third on the first stage and fourth on the sixth before finally getting onto the podium in style. The 28-year-old was 98th in the general classification, with Andrew Anacona [Movistar Team] taking overall victory.

Bennett had a superb 2018. He enjoyed eight victories, including three at the Giro d’Italia, to enhance his reputation as a sprinter of serious pedigree.

"Super happy to get my first win of the season," he tweeted afterwards.

"Big thanks to the @BORAhansgrohe guys for there [sic] effort! Once again they set up the sprint with great power and speed."