La Vuelta Stage 9: De La Cruz steals Red

Another day and yet another wearer of the red jersey! The excitement continued at the Vuelta on a tough stage with several climbs and another steep finish. Spanish rider David De la Cruz found himself in the breakaway and went for it on the final climb. He looked surprised that his final effort dropped Belgian, Devenyns, the only man who had been able to stay with him. 

The main GC field came in over two and half minutes behind the Etixx Quickstep rider, meaning that we have a Spaniard wearing the red jersey again today. De la Cruz’s stage and overall lead in the GC was against all predictions. No one saw it coming. It means that Nairo Quintana slips to second, Valverde third and Froome out of the top three. The favourites had their own scrap to the finish but they were all equal to each other.

Tomorrow is another tough day with lots of climbing and, in true Vuelta style, a classic mountain at the finish, the legendary Covadonga, Who'll be wearing red at the end of the day? It's anyone's guess.