A fast and undulating stage nine of the Vuelta a Espana was won from the breakaway with Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates finishing with the other general classification favourites after a solid team performance from ORICA-BikeExchange.
David de la Cruz (Etixx-Quickstep) won the stage with a late attack from the front group on the final climb to the finish, the Spaniard also moves into the race lead ahead of tomorrow’s stage ten.
Stage six winner Yates and fifth placed Chaves crossed the line close together after following the late attacks from the favourites group with Yates now in 11th place overall.
“It was a tough final 60kilometres today,” said Chaves. “Up and down all the way and the leaders were moving really fast, the team did really well to hold a good position as we went onto the final climb and the legs felt ok today.”
|1||David De La Cruz (SPA) - Etixx - Quick-Step||3:47:56|
|2||Dries Devenyns (BEL) - IAM Cycling||0:00:27|
|3||Moreno Moser (ITA) - Cannondale-Drapac||0:00:33|
|4||Luis Leon Sanchez (SPA) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:51|
|5||Mathias Frank (SWI) - IAM Cycling||0:00:51|
|6||Alexandre Geniez (FRA) - FDJ||0:00:53|
|7||Bartosz Huzarski (POL) - Bora-Argon 18||0:00:58|
|8||Thomas De Gendt (BEL) - Lotto Soudal||0:01:04|
|9||Pello Bilbao (SPA) - Caja Rural-Seguros RGA||0:01:04|
|10||Dylan Teuns (BEL) - BMC Racing Team||0:01:10|
|17||Esteban Chaves (Col) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:02:56|
|21||Simon Yates (GBr) - ORICA-BikeExchange|
|73||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:05:28|
|81||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:06:36|
|89||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:08:14|
|102||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:10:43|
|142||Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:14:05|
|143||Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:14:05|
|163||Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:19:13|