Holy WOW! The hot money was on Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) to win stage 10 of the Vuelta a Espana, and that’s exactly what happened. The bare facts speak for themselves. Clad in a red skinsuit Remco rocketed around the 30.9km flat course at an average speed of 55.658kph. Putting 48 seconds into Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic – the man who had never lost a time trial on Spanish soil, and beating his teammate (and long time stage leader) Remi Cavagna by a minute. He now leads the Vuelta by two minutes and forty one seconds from Roglic with Movistar’s Enric Mas in third
Jesus Herrada of The Mighty Cofidis won stage 7 of the Vuelta a Espana and we are jumping happy about it. Smartest and coolest of the quintet of breakaway riders, the Spaniard timed his sprint surge to perfection to edge out Samuele Battistella (Astana Qazaqstan) and Bahrain Victorious’ Fred Wright. Sam Bennett (BORA-hansgrohe) took the peloton sprint despite concerted efforts by Trek-Segafredo to drop him on the only climb of the day. The GC remains the same ahead of a weekend in Asturias.
Wow! I bet no one was expecting UAE Team Emirate’s Marc Soler to grab victory on stage 5 of La Vuelta a Espana. To be honest, I’m still not sure I can explain it! In true Soler style, the mercurial Spaniard chased like crazy to get into the break, got dropped in a finale backloaded with climbs, somehow made it back, shot off the front solo on the Alto del Vivero, held his advantage on the descent and sailed over the line, arms aloft with four seconds to spare on his chasers. With Jumbo-Visma happy to let the race lead go to someone in the break-of-the-day, Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) played his cards – and Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious) – perfectly to move into the red jersey for the second time in his career.