If you like your GC battle ‘red in tooth and claw’, today’s duel on the steep slopes of the Peña Cabarga had it all. Chris Froome (SKY) spun up the cadence and spun back the clock to take a second victory at the summit, repeating his 2011 triumph. He and Movistar’s Nairo Quintana duked it out in the last kilometres, their alternate surges catching a furious attack by Esteban Chaves (Orica- BikeExchange) in the last two kilometres. Alejandro Valverde finished six seconds adrift in third, making a great day for Movistar with Quintana still in the red jersey.
In this episode, Kathi and Midge talk about the first ten stages of the Vuelta 2016 and all the young dudes taking their first Grand Tour wins. They also give a whole lotta love to IAM Cycling.
On arguably the most difficult of a triptych in the mountains, on the iconic slopes to Lagos de Covadonga, Nairo Quintana took his first victory in the Vuelta and showed he’s the strongest rider in the race. Countering an attack by Alberto Contador whom he later left behind, he moved smoothly into top gear to overhaul Robert Gesink, the last man left standing from the break, who finished second just ahead of a resurgent Chris Froome, initially distanced on the climb. The stage shook up the GC, with the victor resuming rightful ownership of the red leader’s jersey.