Returning from the rest day, the peloton was prepared for a 10th day of quiet racing on the Andalusian coast, suitable for backpackers. The opposite happened on Tuesday: Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) attacked the favorites in the peloton, but fell on the descent. He also lost the red jersey, which became the property of Odd Christian Eiking (IntermarchÃ © Wanty-Gobet), the best ranked rider in the victorious break, who is now ahead of him. ???? one minute Guillaume Martin (Cofidis). The victory of this stage, at Rincon de la Victoria, went to Michael Storer (DSM), alone.
This is the second success for the Australian on this Vuelta, he who had already won in the mountainous stage of Balcon de Alicante on Friday . Storer slipped into the right escape, with around 30 riders, and placed an opportunistic attack on the last difficulty of the day, the Puerto de Almachar, to isolate yourself at the head of the race. On the line, he counted about twenty seconds on his pursuers, including Clément Champoussin, 3rd.
The day made another happy one: Eiking, 26, the top-ranked rider in the breakaway. The Norwegian, without much reference in career if it was not a stage of the Tour de Wallonie and the Arctic Race of Norway, resisted the assaults by Martin, the only one able to compete with him in the quest for the red jersey, to take the lead in the general classification at the finish. He is now ahead of the French, who cracked a bit in the descent, by 58 seconds, and Roglic, who voluntarily left the leadership, by 2â ???? 17â ???? â ??? ?.
The Slovenian might not want the red jersey anymore, but he still had ants in his legs. In the last climb, though not very conducive to big spreads overall, Roglic attacked, blowing the field up. At the top, he swung around twenty seconds ahead of the other favorites. In the descent, he then took all the risks to increase this nest egg, until he finally made a mistake. Left immediately, but repeated on the right side, he finally fell into line.
Feverish until the end of the stage, Roglic arrived with Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar) and Jack Haig (Bahrain-Victorious), his close threats in the standings. Above all, he was frightened again, after his nasty fall on the Tour de France, which had finally pushed him to retire. However, the incident did not seem to move. Asked at the Eurosport microphone about his reckless risk-taking, he simply replied: “Without risk, there is no glory “.