If there’s one thing that makes VeloVoices Towers ring with cheers, it’s the sight of a rider winning their first professional stage – especially when it’s in a Grand Tour. Today, the cheers rang out even louder as Etixx’s David De La Cruz not only took his first professional win, he also went into the leader’s jersey of his home country’s Grand Tour. IAM Cycling’s Dries Devenyns’ slight hesitation in the final 600m meant he finished 27secs behind the Spanish winner while Moreno Moser from Cannondale came in third. All the GC contenders came in together so they just nudged down one to make room for De La Cruz at the top.
What a week we have had in Galicia. From the opening team time trial to the duel on La Camperona, La Vuelta a Espana has served a host of spicy tapas to tempt our Grand Tour appetites. We’ve had drama. We’ve seen heart-breaking nearly wins. We’ve lived through heart-stopping ascents and emotional victories – and we haven’t reached the first rest day yet!