Nicolas Roche finished in the peloton and remains in red, but the stage three glory belonged to Sam Bennett.
Colombia's Nairo Quintana held off a strong chasing pack to win the second stage of the Vuelta but Nicolas Roche is the overall leader.
There were contrasting fortunes for two of the pre-race favourites as the Vuelta a Espana began, with Miguel Angel Lopez in the red jersey.
After taking a break from cycling in May, former Team Katusha Alpecin rider Marcel Kittel has announced his retirement.
Nairo Quintana believes Primoz Roglic is the primary candidate to triumph at the Vuelta a Espana, which starts on Saturday.
The leading contenders for the Vuelta a Espana face a gruelling three weeks as they fight it out to win the last Grand Tour race of 2019.
As Simon Yates looks to defend the red jersey, we look at the best facts surrounding the 2019 Vuelta a Espana.
Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal are all absent at the Vuelta a Espana. So who are the main men for Team INEOS?
La Vuelta may lack some of cycling's biggest names this year, but a host of exciting young riders will be vying to make their mark in Spain.
Richard Carapaz will not start the final Grand Tour race of the year due to injuries sustained in a crash in the Netherlands.