Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez moved into the leader’s red jersey after clinching stage 8 of the tour of Spain in San Lorenzo del Escorial on Saturday.
For the second day in a row, a small group of riders escaped early, establishing a six-minute advantage, before being caught by the peloton in the final kilometres.
It was then time for Rodriguez to make his move. The Katusha rider surged past Italy’s Michele Scarponi and never looked like being caught, eventually crossing the line in 4 hours, 49 minutes and 1 second to claim his second win of the Vuelta a Espana.
Rodriguez eventually finished nine seconds ahead of Scarponi (and Rabobank’s Bauke Mollema)
Meanwhile, overnight leader Sylvain Chavanel faded on the final climb of the day and finished well off the pace.
Now looking at the overall standings and Rodriguez now leads his team-mate Daniel Moreno by 32 seconds while Danish rider Jakob Fulsang is another two seconds adrift.