Alexandre Geniez and Jesus Herrada celebrate at 12th stage of Vuelta a España
Sep 06 2018 05:05 pm CET

Alexandre Geniez and Jesus Herrada celebrate at 12th stage of Vuelta a España
Alexandre Geniez and Jesus Herrada celebrate at 12th stage of Vuelta a España
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Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) has taken the victory of the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España. The rider was the fastest of the escapees and outsprinted Dylan van Baarle and Mark Padun.

The 12th stage of the Spanish race was 181.1 kilometres long between Mondoñedo and the Faro de Estaca de Bares and took the riders over a hilly profile. The start of the day was very fast and full of attacks from the first kilometre until a group of 17 riders managed to break free.

The group included riders like Vincenzo Nibali, Mark Padun, Alexandre Geniez, Dylan Teuns, Davide Formolo, Thomas De Gendt, Dylan van Baarle and Jesus Herrada, among others. After this group already had a gap of more than ten minutes with the peloton, Mitchelton-Scott decided to take the control of the lead, a task that it shared with Movistar.

With 22 kilometres to go, Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe) and Padun (Bahrain-Merida) attacked and created a gap of more than a minute with the rest. A few kilometres later, Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale), Dylan Teuns (BMC), Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors) and van Baarle joined the front, while behind them Herrada struggled to avoid any more time losses and secure the Red Jersey.

With 10 kilometres to go, Teuns, Formolo, Padun and Campenaerts formed a gap with Geniez and van Baarle, who later on rejoined them. Teuns launched the final sprint in the first position, but soon Geniez and van Baarle overtook him and fought for the victory.

The Frenchman crossed the finish line just ahead of the Dutch rider and took the win of the day. Padun, Teuns and Campenaerts arrived to the line in the third, fourth and fifth position, respectively.

Herrada arrived to the end at two minutes and 32 seconds from the first group and took the GC lead.






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