The Vuelta a España general classification was finalized over 112 kilometers of Andorra’s mountainous terrain.
Before heading up the first of six categorized climbs on the route, #PinkArgyle enjoyed a relaxed morning at the team hotel and some family time. Dani Moreno’s daughter sported an exclusive fan tee. Mike Woods’ new nephew offered warm-up support. Simon Clarke’s wife and pup popped over to send off their favorite Vuelta stage winner.
And then it was time to get down to business. Woods, Clarke and Pierre Rolland were in the thick of the escape attempt attempt action with Woods eventually forcing clear to the head of the race. He stayed there until the fourth climb of the day, the second ascent of Coll de Beixali, when the general contenders blew the race to bits.
Enric Mas (QuickStep Floors) won a two-up uphill sprint against Miguel Lopez (Astana) to take the stage win and climb onto the overall podium. Rigoberto Uran finished fourth on the stage and gained a spot on the general classification in process. He heads to Madrid in seventh overall.
“The team was great today,” said sport director Juanma Garate. “We executed the plan we discussed in the team meeting. The guys were super aggressive, trying to get into the break, and it was only the actions of Astana riding so hard that stopped the breakaway from being successful. Rigo was one of the strongest today. He fought until the end of the stage and was rewarded for his efforts.”