Race report

GC contenders fight for stage honours

Vuelta a España

Photo Credit: Cor Vos

It was a fast start to stage eight of the Vuelta a España, as riders battled to make the day’s breakaway. Team Sunweb were represented within a few moves, before a group of seven riders managed to get clear, with the team all in the bunch. The breakaway’s gap expanded to over four minutes but with the steep mountain-top finish, the GC teams sensed their chance of going for the stage win and started to slowly reel in those ahead.

The team stayed within the bunch, trying to save as much energy as possible for the coming days. The breakaway fought hard but they were caught with around six kilometres to go, with the GC contenders going on to fight for stage honours. Jasha Sütterlin was the first Team Sunweb rider across the line on the steep slopes of the Alto de Moncalvillo.

Jasha Sütterlin | Team Sunweb | Vuelta a España

“Today was a quite relaxed day,” explained Sütterlin at the finish. “We were watching out with Rob so that if a big group went, he could sneak into it but that didn’t happen and Ineos took the lead. We were sat in the peloton, everyone eating and drinking, trying to make it as much of a recovery day as possible. We hit the first climb and everyone passed it okay, as other riders were dropping, and we were all mostly together over the top. On the descent after the climb Movistar pushed on and the bunch split up. I ended up in the front group of around 40 guys and stayed with them until the last climb, where I took it easy. The rest of the team were in the group behind, just saving their legs for the next stages. All in all, everything was quite relaxed today.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “The goal today was to save as much energy as possible in general for the guys, except from Rob, who could sneak into a bigger group if he could. In the start seven guys went out front and we just focused on saving as much energy as possible, which the guys did in a good way. On the descent of the second category climb, Movistar split the bunch, with Jasha alert enough to sit onto that group. Everyone finished in a safe way, without using too much energy. All in all it was a good day and we’re going for it again tomorrow where we think we have a good chance with Max to sprint.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 ROGLIČ Primož Team Jumbo-Visma 4:07:08 100
2 CARAPAZ Richard INEOS Grenadiers 0:13 40
3 MARTIN Dan Israel Start-Up Nation 0:19 20
43 SÜTTERLIN Jasha Team Sunweb 11:07 -
58 DONOVAN Mark Team Sunweb 14:14 -
100 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 19:13 -
102 POWER Robert Team Sunweb ,, -
125 ARENSMAN Thymen Team Sunweb 20:42 -
134 SALMON Martin Team Sunweb 22:14 -
135 KANTER Max Team Sunweb ,, -