Fantastic stage today. Nothing like a small break coming into the finish with all the attacks and counter attacks. In the end not enough respect was paid to Warren Barguil, a 21 year old from Argos Shimano who, after Coppel kicked it off with 2km to go, went on with it and was met with “You chase! No you chase!” back in the bunch. Classic Carlton Kirby comment as he came into the line: “His only previous notable win has been at the Ronde Cologne but again he will be smelling great tonight”.
Back in the bunch it was fits and starts. There was some massive carnage out the back before the group called a truce on chasing the break. There was some tipping carnage as well.
The InnerRing was riding Edvald Higgs Boson and ouch … got burnt big time two days in a row, losing 15 minutes! Goon from VeloTipper finally saw the light and picked a rider from the land of cycling in Gilbert and came through with the group.
The stage winners
Ross Culloty step on down — you are basically a legend. Ross is the only person who selected Warren Barguil and really, why the hell would you do so? Either fantastically researched pick or plain luck, who cares? Chapeau!
Egg of the Day surely goes to Edvald Boasson Hagen. With 30 tippers losing 15 minutes that’s more than seven hours of tipping pain. That’s an ostrich egg.
We have a change at the top! Chris Seglenieke, with the inspired tip of break participant Ivan Santoromita, has taken the lead and now has some daylight to second place in Brad Stephens and Olly Harris sitting in third.
- Chris Seglenieke
- Brad Stephens
- Olly Harris
- Scott Weston
- Jackson Ankers
- James Colasante
- Jeremy Smith
- Jeff Hall
- Ter Culloty
- Erin Tanner
In the sprint competition Scott Weston is sitting three points clear of Brad Stephens. Theres no change in the KOM comp with Jim Humphrys still in the leader’s jersey on 19 points.
The race moves into the Pyrenees tonight with a mountain top finish and the highest point of this year’s Vuelta in the Port de Envalira which will sap the legs of many riders before the finale. Tonight is a night to pull out the big guns.