Cycling – Vuelta a Espana ’18 Stage 20: Enric Mas Wins
Enric Mas won the last mountain phase of the Vuelta a Espana, outsprinting Miguel Angel Lopez to the highest point of the Coll de la Gallina in Andorra. Race pioneer Simon Yates put his last stamp on the race, coming in 3rd at 23 seconds to adequately seal the general win.
Yates affirmed his mastery of the race, remaining close to the front and ensuring he was never in peril. Whatever is left of the GC saw a noteworthy reshuffle, as Mas and Lopez climbed to guarantee second and third, supplanting Kruijswijk and Alejandro Valverde and Steven.
The GC saw Yates broaden his lead with Mas at 1:46, and Lopez third at 2:04. Kruijswijk and Valverde were 4th and 5th. Nairo Quintana lost additional time, however held tight for eighth place, while Wilco Kelderman tore his way up to 10th.
Yates had the race under control throughout the day. Bolstered by his group at first, and after that by twin sibling Adam, he was alone in the finale, however never faltered for a minute. Notwithstanding when he fell once again from Mas and Lopez, it was more his choice to release them as opposed to that he was not ready to run with them.
Simon Yates on brink of La Vuelta glory – and unprecedented British grand slam – as Mas wins Stage 20 and moves onto podium with Lopez after Valverde meltdown, Kruijswijk wobble and De Gendt polka dot raid #LaVuelta18 https://t.co/PhdlBuIGAu
— Felix Lowe (@saddleblaze) 15 September 2018
Stage 20 Results – Vuelta a España
1. Enric Mas
2. Miguel Angel Lopez
3. Simon Yates
4. Thibaut Pinot
5. Rigoberto Uran
6. Wilco Kelderman
7. Steven Kruijswijk
8. David De La Cruz
9. Nairo Quintana
10. Alejandro Valverde
I also feel a bit sorry about him. Luck never was on his side (do you remember 2016 Giro?). I am impressed by Enric Mas’s performance. He rides onto 2nd (he is only 23!).
— jose_segovia (@jsegoviamartin) 15 September 2018
General Classification After Stage 20 – Vuelta a España
1. Simon Yates
2. Enric Mas
3. Miguel Angel Lopez
4. Steven Kruijswijk
5. Alejandro Valverde
6. Thibaut Pinot
7. Rigoberto Uran
8. Nairo Quintana
9. Ion Izagirre
10. Wilco Kelderman
Enric Mas: great time trial, great third week. Second in his second Grand Tour. The makings of a future Grand Tour winner #lavuelta18
— José Been (@TourDeJose) 15 September 2018
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