Leopard-Trek cyclists Maxime Monfort and Thomas Rohregger held third and fourth position, all about one minute behind the leader.
Italy’s Liquigas-Cannondale held the second spot in overall team standings, about four minutes behind Leopard-Trek, and Kazakhstan’s Pro Team Astana came in third, at about 10 minutes behind the leader.
Bennati (photo) dedicated his jersey win to Wouter Weylandt, the Leopard-Trek rider who died in an accident during the third stage of the Giro d’Italia in May.
Brothers Andy and Fränk Schleck, who finished second and third in the Tour de France, are not competing in Spain this year. They are focusing instead on September’s world championships in Copenhagen.