An untimely mechanical dashed Esteban Chaves’ overall hopes despite an heroic chase on a short, but brutal stage nine of La Vuelta a Espana in Andorra.
The Colombian was forced into a frantic chase on the second ascent of the day and was later distanced after making it back to the group of favourites ahead of the third climb thanks to his Mitchelton-SCOTT teammates.
The time loss sees Chaves drop to 14th in the general classification, while Basque rider Mikel Nieve claimed 13th on the stage after spending the day in the breakaway and moves into 11th overall.
|1||Tadej Pogacar (SLO) - UAE Team Emirates||2:58:09|
|2||Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team||+0:23|
|3||Primoz Roglic (SLO) - Jumbo-Visma||+0:48|
|4||Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team||+0:48|
|5||Primoz Roglic (SLO) - Jumbo-Visma||+0:57|
|6||Hermann Pernsteiner (AUT) - Bahrain Merida||+0:57|
|7||Sergio Higuita (COL) - EF Education First||+1:01|
|8||Wilco Kelderman (NED) - Team Sunweb||+1:01|
|9||Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) - Astana Pro Team||+1:01|
|10||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR) - Team Ineos||+1:38|
|12||Mikel Nieve (SPA) - Mitchelton-SCOTT||+2:02|
|24||Esteban Chaves (COL) - Mitchelton-SCOTT||+4:43|
|79||Tsgabu Grmay (ETH) - Mitchelton-SCOTT||+26:20|
|90||Damien Howson (AUS) - Mitchelton-SCOTT||+28:59|
|92||Nick Schultz (AUS) - Mitchelton-SCOTT||+28:59|
|128||Dion Smith (NZL) - Mitchelton-SCOTT||+32:25|
|130||Sam Bewley (NZL) - Mitchelton-SCOTT||+32:25|
|153||Luka Mezgec (SLO) - Mitchelton-SCOTT||+33:09|