Albacete - France's Nacer Bouhanni has won his second stage of the Vuelta a Espana
in controversial circumstances as he edged out Australia's Michael
Matthews at the finish line of Saturday's 207km eighth stage from Baeza
Bouhanni appeared to cut across Matthews as he surged for the line in a time of 4hr 29 mins with Slovakian Peter Sagan in third.
was no change in the general classification as all the leaders finished
with the same time, so Spaniard Alejandro Valverde maintains his
15-second lead over Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana.
winner Alberto Contador remains in third 18 seconds back, whilst 2013
Tour de France champion Chris Froome is a further two seconds behind in
The longest stage of the tour saw the race finally leave
Andalusia after a week in the southern region and without any
categorised climbs the downhill finish into Albacete favoured the
However, there was nearly a significant move in the
overall standings as the fast pace saw the peloton split with 25km
Whilst the rest of the race favourites Valverde, Froome
and Contador were at the head of the lead group, Quintana found himself
30 seconds behind in the chasing pack and had to put in a strong effort
in the final 10km to ensure he didn't lose any time.
"It was a crazy end. The wind was causing problems, but in the end we managed to save the day," said Valverde.
was aware of it. I didn't know exactly if Quintana was closing or not,
but I couldn't look back I just had to keep going at the front."
race returns to the mountains on Sunday with a second summit finish of
the tour on the 185km stage from Carboneras de Guadazon to Aramon