Stage 8 | Villalpando to La Camperona, Valle de Sabero | Vuelta a España 2016
August 27 | The first summit finish of the Vuelta a España saw Nairo Quintana take the red jersey of overall leader from his fellow Colombian, Darwin Atapuma, as Chris Froome conceded time to his main rivals but held on to third place.
It was the Russian veteran Sergey Lagutin who won the stage from the day’s breakaway but the drama was behind as Quintana attacked and Froome slipped back. The biggest surprise was Alberto Contador, who crashed heavily the previous day but recovered well. He was initially dropped by Froome but he came back, dropping Froome to gain some precious time and move up to 7th overall.
Richard Moore was on the summit of the spectacular final climb, La Camperona, just 3km long but as steep as 25% in places, interviewing the riders for the Telegraph Cycling Podcast as they crossed the line.
We hear from Steven de Jongh, Contador’s coach and sports director at Tinkoff, who admitted he was surprised at Contador’s strong performance. And we hear from Froome, who praised Quintana: “Nairo showed he’s in really good condition. Chapeau to him, he did a really good ride today. Alberto did great, especially after his crash yesterday. He’s a fighter and came back strong today.”
There’s also an interview with Hugh Carthy, the young British rider competing in his first Grand Tour, and with Froome’s Sky teammate, Leopold Koenig, who rode well and is up to fifth overall.
Koenig said he was confident that Froome would come good on the longer climbs and would overhaul Quintana there. But Movistar are in a strong position, with Quintana first and Alejandro Valverde second.
Back in Léon at the end of the stage Richard catches up with Daniel Friebe as they reflect on the day’s stage and what it means for the overall battle. There is also Lionel Birnie’s Tale of the Etapa.
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