With the first rest day in sight, the GC-men decided to let the early escapees battle for the stage victory. Looking at the names, there was no doubt who would win from the breakaway: Winner Anacona. The born Winner dropped Bob Jungels and Javi Moreno on the final climb to go to the biggest victory in his young cycling career. It almost brought him the red jersey as well. At the end he came 9 seconds short due to a late attack of Alberto Contador. Only Joaquim Rodríguez and Nairo Quintana could return in the wheel of El Pistolero. Quintana is now the new leader with a few seconds advantage.
The 69th edition of the Vuelta a España starts this weekend, the final of the Grand Tours in the season. It’s the youngest GT of this trio. The Tour and Giro were firstly held in the 1900’s, while the first edition of the Vuelta was in the 1930’s. La Vuelta is also probably the least favorite and well-known of the three races with the general public, partly because it used to be held in the same period as the Giro d’Italia. Both races were held in the spring of the season, during the current period of the Giro in May.