American cyclist Ben King recorded the first Grand Tour stage victory of his career in taking the top podium spot in Stage 4 of the Vuelta a España on Tuesday in Spain.
Stage 4 is the first mountain stage of the three-week race, stretching 101 miles from Velez-Malaga to Alfacar. King was in the lead group for much of the day. He and Kazakhstan’s Nikita Stalnov broke off on the final climb and King was able to shake him in the last 400 meters to cross the line first.
Later in the day he tweeted, “I believed I could but still can't believe I did... Thank you to @TeamDiData for the support and opportunity. Thank you to @jennaaaking who followed me to Spain! Thank you to everyone for the messages of support. I've read them all.”
King, 29, of Richmond, Virginia, has been a professional cyclist since 2008 and won the USA Cycling road race championships in 2010. He has been riding for Team Dimension Data since 2017 and has also ridden for UCI pro teams including Team Radio Shack and Garmin-Sharp.
In May of this year he finished 44th out of 149 at the Giro d’Italia.