Is it just me or does no one want to keep the red jersey for any amount of time? Stage 8 of Vuelta2019 wasn’t going to be a day for the GC boys, but I don’t think anyone anticipated that there would be a leader by the finish. In the end, the break claimed the day with Sunweb’s Nikias Arndt taking the victory on a wet, chaotic finish in Igualada. The best placed rider in the break was Nicolas Edet and the peloton’s complete lack of interest in controlling the time gap meant the Cofidis rider found himself in the red jersey. He has 2.21 on his fellow breaker Dylan Teuns who also leapt up the GC while Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) is just over 3min down from the top spot.
The race and the riders
All the VeloVoices gathered on Monday to give our verdict on the 68th Vuelta a Espana. It may be the last of the year’s grand tours but it was in no way the least, and that’s saying something given how spectacular both the Giro and the Tour were. In the first part of this round-table we focus on the race and the riders, while in part two tomorrow we address some of the broader talking points from the race.
The 68th Vuelta a Espana is now in the record books. Three weeks and 11 summit finishes later, it was Chris Horner who stood on the top step of the podium in Madrid.
But how did he get there? Here’s a quick stage-by-stage reminder of the story of the 2013 Vuelta (including links to each of our stage recaps).