Two-time stage winner Esteban Chaves has recovered from a crash during stage eight of the Vuelta a Espana to retain the red leader’s jersey for another day.
Chaves was involved in a large crash with 50km to go that saw a number of big names forced to withdraw from the race. Fortunately, the Colombian managed to escape with only minor grazes.
Many of his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates were also taken down in the same incident but recovered to wait for their leader. Damien Howson and Jens Keukeleireworked hard to pull Chaves back to the front group whilst Daryl Impey and Cameron Meyer took positioning duties over the first climb and onto the second.
“It was very stressful, everyone wanted to be at the front,” Chaves said. “Then one Lotto Soudal rider fell in front of me after a roundabout. I think this rider is really bad and I want to say to him that I hope you recover really well.”
|1||Jasper Stuyven (BEL) - Trek Factory Racing||4:06:05|
|2||Pello Bilbao (SPA) - Caja Rural-Seguros RGA||ST|
|3||Kévin Reza (FRA) - FDJ.fr||ST|
|4||Giovanni Visconti (ITA) - Movistar Team||ST|
|5||Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) - MTN - Qhubeka||ST|
|6||Tosh Van Der Sande (BEL) - Lotto Soudal||ST|
|7||Julien Simon (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||ST|
|8||Pieter Serry (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||ST|
|9||Jose Joaquin Rojas (SPA) - Movistar Team||ST|
|10||Nicolas Roche (IRL) - Team Sky||ST|
|12||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|103||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:09:53|
|104||Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:09:53|
|146||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:43|
|147||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:43|
|171||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:43|
|175||Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:15:28|
|181||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:15:28|
|182||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:15:28|