Vuelta a España
Stage 8: Baeza - Albacete - Stage Details

Michael Matthews has finished second in a messy sprint on stage eight of the Vuelta a Espana this afternoon.

On a day where crosswinds threatened to shake up general classification, ORICA-GreenEDGE also successfully protected Esteban Chaves to finish in the front group and maintain fifth position overall.

After a strong lead out in the final kilometre from Mitch Docker, Matthews was perfectly placed on the wheel of stage winner Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) for the final kick.  

A last moment shift in line by Bouhanni hampered the final efforts of Matthews and despite a team conversation with the commissaires, the 24-year-old accepted second position. 

“The final worked out the way I wanted it to up until about 15-25metres to go,” Matthews, who won stage three earlier this week, said.

Read the full race report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - FDJ.fr 4:29:00
2 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
3 Peter Sagan (SVK) - Cannondale ST
4 John Degenkolb (GER) - Team Giant-Shimano ST
5 Gregory Henderson (NZL) - Lotto Belisol ST
6 Robert Wagner (GER) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team ST
7 Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) - MTN - Qhubeka ST
8 Roberto Ferrari (ITA) - Lampre-Merida ST
9 Tom Boonen (BEL) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
10 Jasper Stuyven (BEL) - Trek Factory Racing ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
2 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
32 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
33 Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
59 Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:18
139 Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:23
155 Brett Lancaster (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:23
165 Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:30
183 Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:47