Vuelta 2018: Stage 11 – Victory for De Marchi as Pinot attacks and Yates survives.

A saw tooth profile and stage surely marked with big red breakaway asterisks in everyone’s road book produced a brutal, crazy day of high-paced racing. BMC put three riders in the break and Allesandro De Marchi brought home their second Vuelta victory and his third with a gutsy ride that owed as much to his head as his legs – finally dropping Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin) on the last incline to solo home. Despite a feisty Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) stomping his way into the virtual red jersey and a flurry of action in the favourites group on the run to the line, the stage ended with no change to the GC podium.
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Vuelta 2018: Stage 10 – Perfection secures Viviani his double

The profile for Vuelta’s Stage 10 promised a sprint finish and Quick-Step Floors delivered Elia Viviani right on the money to secure his second win at this Vuelta. Second place for Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) ensured enough bonus seconds to snatch the points jersey from Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) – is there anyone who is not enjoying this rivalry? Despite a flurry of punctures – including race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in the last 20kms – the top ten on GC remains unchanged.

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