In a dramatic finale Jonas van Genechten powered out of the bunch to take the biggest win of his career and deliver a triple crown of Grand Tour stage wins for IAM Cycling. With a two man breakaway swept up in the last metres, the Belgian easily out-sprinted Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). A crash in the final corner saw Alberto Contador hit the tarmac. Times were neutralised for the GC contenders held up in the aftermath, and Darwin Atapuma (BMC) remains in the red jersey.
Orica-Bike Exchange’s Simon Yates attacked in the final few kilometres of the race and accelerated away to solo across the line some 20 seconds ahead of Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), who sprinted out of the chasing bunch ahead of Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo), who recorded his second consecutive podium. The main contenders all finished together, so Darwin Atapuma (BMC) stays in red.
Stage winner Gianni Meersman was superbly steered by teammate Zdenek Stybar through a nervous crash-marred finale, launching his sprint from 200 metres to take his second victory in this Vuelta. Fabio Felline and Kevin Reza, who had too much ground to make up, rounded out the podium. Race leader Darwin Atapuma and the other leading contenders dodged the two crashes within last 3km to finish safely in the pack.