Colombian Esteban Chaves had to dig deep on the viciously steep climb to the finish on stage eight of the Vuelta a Espana today after the race for the general classification truly sprang to life.
ORICA-BikeExchange teammate and stage six winner Simon Yates crossed the line side by side with Chaves after an extremely difficult end to the stage that was won by Sergey Lagutin (Katusha) from a winning move out of the breakaway.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) moves into the race lead ahead of stage nine, benefitting from a series of attacks that shook the favourites group in the closing kilometres.
Chaves moves up to fourth on the general classification with Yates still in tenth as the race heads into its second week.
Sport director Neil Stephens was pleased with how the team performed and yet again met the objectives for the stage.
“It sounds a bit repetitive,” said Stephens. “But we went into today with the sole objective being to maintain our position on the overall and at the close of the stage we have done that and even gone one better and moved up a spot.”
|1||Sergey Lagutin (RUS) - Team Katusha||4:09:30|
|2||Axel Domont (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:00:10|
|3||Perrig Quemeneur (FRA) - Direct Energie||0:00:17|
|4||Mattia Cattaneo (ITA) - Lampre - Merida||0:00:24|
|5||Pieter Serry (BEL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:40|
|6||Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) - Dimension Data||0:00:55|
|7||Scott Thwaites (GBR) - Bora-Argon 18||0:01:11|
|8||Gatis Smukulis (LAT) - Astana Pro Team||0:01:30|
|9||Jhonatan Restrepo (COL) - Team Katusha||0:01:30|
|10||Loïc Chetout (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:01:44|
|20||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:05:38|
|21||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:05:38|
|63||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:08:31|
|108||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:14:12|
|115||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:14:34|
|121||Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:14:40|
|166||Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:16:09|
|168||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:16:23|
|169||Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:16:23|