Sam Bennett claimed a second win for Ireland on the Vuelta a Espana in as many days, taking stage four in Ejea de los Caballeros to follow up Dan Martin's success on Thursday.

Bennett, who won the green jersey awarded to the leading sprinter at this year's Tour de France, reeled in Belgium's Jasper Philipsen in a wild sprint finish to prevail by a narrow margin, following the 191.7 km predominantly flat stage from Garray, with Jakub Mareczko of Italy back in third. 

A four-man breakaway tore off after just two kilometres of racing. However, they were reeled in by the peloton with 15km to go as the teams lined up their sprinters for a final challenge. 

UAE Team Emirates and Bora-Hansgrohe hit the front, with Philipsen edging clear 200 metres from the finish.

However, Deceuninck – Quick-Step's Bennett went on the Belgian's wheel and won by a bike length to secure a third overall stage win at the Vuelta and a first at this year's race.

"It was mad how we said 'we need to be together at one point', and at the point the team was all there," Bennett said afterwards.

"They did the job perfectly, came together when we needed to – even more of them than we asked to be there. We only asked a few guys, but it was the whole team. They did an absolutely fantastic job.

"Philipsen came up the inside and got such a jump that I didn't think I'd catch him, but in the end I started getting more and more speed and I was still accelerating towards the line."

There was no movement in the general classification, with Primoz Roglic remaining in the race lead and Martin five seconds back on the Slovenian.

Saturday's fifth stage is the kind of rolling route which might favour a breakaway as the riders tackle the 184km stage from Huesca to Sabinanigo, which features three categorised climbs.