Quintana takes overall lead in Vuelta as Lagutin wins stage 8

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Sergey Lagutin (Katusha) took the biggest win of his career when he emerged as the strongest of an 11-rider breakaway on the brutally steep La Camperona climb on stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Further down the mountain, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) countered a big attack from Chris Froome (Sky) and soloed to the line to move into the race lead. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) bounced back from yesterday’s crash by being the second best of the favourites while Froome faded in the finale and ultimately lost 33 seconds to his Colombian rival.

With the great ride, Quintana took the read jersey with a 19-second advantage over teammate Valverde, with Froome 8 seconds further adrift in third. Contador moves into sixth but is still 1’39” behind. He faces another tough test tomorrow when the riders face the second consecutive summit finish. After a flat start and an early category 2 climb, a long descent leads to the difficult finale. Here the riders will tackle three category3  climb in quick succession before the end the race by going up the famous Alto del Naranco which averages 6.1% over 5.7km and so will be the scene of another big battle.

Vuelta a Espana 2016 – stage 8 results (Villalpando – La Camperona):

1 Sergey Lagutin (Katusha)

4:09:30

2 Axel Domont (AG2R)

+10”

3 Perrig Quemeneur (Direct Energie)

+17”

4 Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre – Merida)

+24”

5 Pieter Serry (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+40”

6 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)

+55”

7 Scott Thwaites (Bora-Argon 18)

+01’11”

8 Gatis Smukulis (Astana)

+01’30”

9 Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha)

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10 Loïc Chetout (Cofidis)

+01’44”

11 Zico Waeytens (Giant-Alpecin)

+02’38”

12 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+04’41”

13 Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)

+05’06”

14 Sergio Pardilla (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

+05’14”

15 Christopher Froome (Sky)

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16 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

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17 Leopold Konig (Sky)

+05’23”

18 Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac)

+05’30”

19 Daniel Moreno (Movistar)

+05’35”

20 Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange)

+05’38”

 

General classification after stage 8:

1 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

29:55:54

2 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+19”

3 Christopher Froome (Sky)

+27”

4 Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange)

+57”

5 Leopold Konig (Sky)

+01’16”

6 Darwin Atapuma (BMC)

+01’36”

7 Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)

+01’39”

8 Daniel Moreno (Movistar)

+01’44”

9 Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+01’46”

10 Samuel Sanchez (BMC)

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11 Simon Yates (Orica-BikeExchange)

+01’47”

12 Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Drapac)

+02’24”

13 Peter Kennaugh (Sky)

+02’29”

14 Michele Scarponi (Astana)

+02’36”

15 David De La Cruz (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+02’46”

16 Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

+02’58”

17 Sergio Pardilla (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

+03’17”

18 Kenny Elissonde (FDJ)

+03’27”

19 Ben Hermans (BMC)

+03’30”

20 George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+03’37”

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