It was a long, long stage today at 209km with almost all of the action happening in the last 5km. But Alejandro Valverde kept a cool head while all around him were frenzied and with 200m to go, ‘I knew that this was my victory’. Peter Sagan couldn’t double up on his win yesterday but he did add to his tally of second places.
Never a dull moment in the Vuelta! First we had a stage 1 TTT that was neutralised before it even started, then we had a stage 2 GC DQ, then we had Sagan breaking that Second Curse! Which was more astonishing? It sure is spicy over there!
Looks like the sprinters are going to get their day in the sun – possibly two days, even! – in stages 4 and 5, which are flatter than any stages I’ve seen in the Vuelta in a long time. Stage 6 gets back to the medium mountains and the second of nine summit finishes.