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Rodriguez grabs debut Vuelta stage win, Yates cuts Herrada’s lead

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 8, 2018 15:35

Rodriguez grabs debut Vuelta stage win, Yates cuts Herrada’s lead

Spaniard Oscar Rodriguez pulled off the biggest win of his career by snatching victory in stage 13 at the Vuelta a Espana while compatriot Jesus Herrada retained the red jersey but saw his lead significantly trimmed by Briton Simon Yates. Rodriguez, 23, is riding his first grand tour and is out of contract with his Euskadi-Murias team but he made his mark by freeing himself from a small breakaway group in the final stretch of the summit of the La Camperona mountain, battling against gradients of 24 percent.

Rodriguez finished 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Rafal Majka of Poland and half a minute clear of third-placed Dylan Teuns of Belgium. Race leader Herrada struggled in the mountains after going for broke in Thursday’s flat stage to lift the leader’s red jersey from Yates, and his gap over the Briton was cut down from three minutes 32 seconds at the start of the stage to one minute 42 seconds.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 8, 2018 15:35

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