the australian Kaden Groves (BikeExchange) was the fastest cyclist in Cabo de Gata, a beautiful end to a transition stage marked by the casualties caused by COVID and by the hard fall of Julian Alaphillipe (Quick-Step), who had to leave with severe pain in his collarbone.
Grove’s Triumph sweeten the day for a BikeExchange who started the day with the bad news of the discharge of Simon Yates for his positive in coronavirus, the first rider fully involved in the general standings who has to say goodbye to the Vuelta. It was not the only loss of a day that started with five less runners and an atmosphere made rare by a trail of cases that is being fattened by the cyclists themselves.
The day, after the Alicante time trial, was a day of transition with a comfortable route of 190 kilometers in which the peloton only had the headwind as its main enemy and that paid tribute on his departure to Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)which says goodbye this year to the competition.
He had no options, this time, the breakaway of the day, made up of three riders: Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH), Vojtech Repa (Kern Pharma Team) and Joan Bou (Euskaltel-Euskadi).
The three maintained advantages that were around two minutes with respect to a relaxed peloton that ended up absorbing a leak from which Bol stood out. The Burgos-BH rider extended the adventure a few more kilometers on his own, but the peloton caught up with him with enough time to prepare for the final sprint.
By the way, unfortunately, Julian Alaphillipe (Quick-Step) was left behind. The world champion suffered a hard fall during the race through Carboneras and was unable to continue in the race due to a probable broken collarbone that endangers his main goal of the season, the World Cup.
The Bike-Exchange took over the reins of the race in the final part of the stage and paid off for his work with a magnificent sprint from Kaden Groves, who beat Danny Van Poppel (Bora) and Tim Merlier (Alpecin) at the Cabo de Gata finish line. Without changes in the general, the race will face this Thursday the first stage with a hilltop finish of this second week of the race. It will be in Peñas Blancas, a first category port with 19 km. rise to 6.7%.