With today’s good stage at Vuelta a España, Odd Christian Eiking (26) can wear the leader’s red jersey. Only one Norwegian has managed it before him, Thor Hashofed in 2006.
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At the 189 kilometers between Roquetas de Mar and Rincon de la Victoria today, the only Norwegian participant was present when the group stumbled, and the lead eventually became big. They were eventually brought in, but the Norwegian stayed ahead on the tenth stage. In the end it was number 5.
– I was nine minutes late and thought it would take another miracle to get the captain’s jersey. This is a bonus. I find it hard to describe how this feels, but it’s great, Eking says after putting on the red Leader shirt.
The Intermarche rider was 19th in the summary before today’s stage, just over 9 minutes ahead of Primoz Roglic. Roglic tried to take the last kilometers of the Norwegian in seconds, but fell down a hill. Thus, it was without a chance against the Norwegian in the summary.
leader about a minute
Michael Storer (Team DSM) won today’s stage, his second stage win in Spain this year.
Maury Vancevenant (Dekonink-Quick Step) was second, and Clément Champusin (AG2R-Citroën) was third with a 22sec lead. The Norwegian took the same time in fifth place.
The Norwegian riders have previously won five stages of the Vuelta, and Thor Hushofd stands by three stages. He wore the red shirt for three days in 2006.
Odd Christian Eiking now leads the summary, 58 seconds ahead of Guillaume Martin and just 2.17 minutes ahead of Primoz Roglic.
Work hard at his work, it is a good pay. And that’s good for the team, says fellow Eiking, Louis Meintjes.
– There was some action. If you don’t risk, you gain nothing. I hope it goes well, said Roglic, when he talked about rolling in the back in an interview shown on Eurosport after the end.
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