Vuelta a Espana 2022 : Stage 8 – Jay climbs the Vine to second stage win

From attic to the outdoors.

From Alpe du Zwift to Collau Fancuaya.

Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) conquered the Vuelta a Espana yet again to add Stage 8 and the polka dots to his palmares, and dispelling the likes of Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates) and Thibaut Pinot (A Goat Farm in France). Behind the break a promised general classification throw down failed to materialize, as Remco ‘The Brick’ Evenepoel (Quick Step Alpha Vinyl) maintained his grasp on the red jersey.

Vine’s Storm

Despite his success, the Vuelta really seems not to like Jay Vine. On Thursday, his victory was quite literally clouded in secrecy, with no one able to visibly see him cross the finish. Today, the race taunted him again with mist and fog. To make matters worse, a power outage knocked out the footage in the finale!

Thank goodness, they managed to pull together some footage of the final kilometre.

And voila, we were able to see him cross the finish line this time!

The GC Battle

If there were a worthy general classification battle, I would write about it here. Alas, there is nothing much worth noting.

All Hail Thibaut Pinot!

He doesn’t always deliver. He didn’t today. And yet, we do love a bit of Thibaut love around these parts. So, let’s give it up for The Goat Farmer of France.

He’s a bit like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo with that beard of his. . .

Alas, he only managed 4th place – classic Pinot.

Hip Hip, Hooray! Three Cheers for Mads

You know who we (well, some of us) love more than Thibaut Pinot? You guessed it – Mads Pedersen! The Danish hunk is on the hunt for the Vuelta’s green jersey, much to the disdain of Sam Bennett. Reminiscent of a young Peter Sagan or a modern day Wout Van Aert, Mads looks determined to snatch up points classification success by doing it the hard way.

(It’s because he’s said he doesn’t want to race Worlds. . .)

By spending the day in the breakaway and holding on through the climbs until just after the intermediate sprint point, Mads claimed his victory by snatching the green jersey off the back of Mr. Bennett.

The Final Word

Finish line access is hard. Just not for Didi.


Stage 8 results

1 Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) 4:05:25

2 Marc Soler (Because He’s Marc Soler) +0:43

3 Rein Taaramae (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux) +0:43

4 Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) +0:47

5 Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl ) +1:20

GC Top 10

1 Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl ) 29:28:19

2 Enric Mas (Movistar) +0:28

3 Primož Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +1:01

4 Carlos Rodriguez (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:47

5 Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS No One Knows How He Got Here) +1:54

6 Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) +2:02

7 Simon PHILLIP Yates (Team BikeExchange – Jayco) +2:05

8 João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) +2:44

9 Jai Hindley (BORA – hansgrohe) +2:51

10 Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën Team) +2:59

All the Jerseys

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Leader’s jersey : The Tactical Brick (QuickStep Alpha Vinyl)

Points jersey : Mads Pedersen (Trek Segafredo)

King of the Mountains jersey : Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck)

Young Rider Jersey : Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep Alpha Vinyl)

Team competition : UAE Team Emirates 

For the full stage review, go to cyclingnews

Go here for the official La Vuelta website

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