Murcia - Belgian Jasper Stuyven took victory on the eighth stage of Spain's Vuelta on a day dominated by high-profile crashes.
Ireland's Dan Martin, who was laying third in the overall classification overnight, and American Tejay van Garderen were forced to withdraw from the race after suffering a heavy crash 50km from the finish.
Stuyven edged a sprint finish to the line from Spain's Pello Bilbao and Frenchman Kevin Reza to claim the 182.5km stage from Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia in a time of 4hr 06min 06sec.
Colombian Esteban Chaves finished in the leading group to maintain his overall lead by 10 seconds from Tom Dumoulin with Irishman Nicholas Roche a further 26 seconds behind in third.
Britain's Chris Froome, who is aiming to become just the third man to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same year, moves into 11th overall, 1min 22sec behind Chaves.
One of the favourites for the stage, France's Nacer Bouhanni, also had to withdraw due to injuries suffered in the crash involving Martin and Van Garderen.
Stage three winner Peter Sagan's hopes of another victory were also ruined by a crash with a support vehicle, but the Slovakian was at least able to finish the stage despite suffering significant cuts and bruises to his left leg.Results from the eighth stage of Spain's Vuelta, a 182.5km ride from Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia on Saturday:
Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) 4hr 06min 05sec, 2. Pello Bilbao (ESP/CJR)
same time, 3. Kevin Reza (FRA/FDJ) s.t., 4. Giovanni Visconti (ITA/MOV)
s.t., 5. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA/MTN) s.t., 6. Tosh Van der Sande
(BEL/LOT) s.t., 7. Julien Simon (FRA/COF) s.t., 8. Pieter Serry
(BEL/ETI) s.t., 9. Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP/MOV) s.t., 10. Nicolas Roche
(IRL/SKY) s.t., 11. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) s.t., 12. Esteban
Chaves (COL/ORI) s.t., 13. Jose Goncalves (POR/CJR) s.t., 14. Eduard
Vorganov (RUS/KAT) s.t., 15. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/ETI) s.t., 16.
Andre Cardoso (POR/CAN) s.t., 17. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/LAM) s.t., 18.
Miguel Angel Rubiano (COL/COL) s.t., 19. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/AST)
s.t., 20. Louis Meintjies (RSA/MTN) s.t.
Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) s.t., 24. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) s.t., 27.
Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) s.t., 28. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) s.t., 36.
Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) s.t.
1. Esteban Chaves (COL/ORI)
31h12min 18sec, 2. Tom Dumoulin (NED/GIA) at 0:10, 3. Nicolas Roche
(IRL/SKY) 0:36, 4. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:49, 5. Joaquin
Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 0:56, 6. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:57, 7. Fabio Aru
(ITA/AST) 0:57, 8. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 1:18, 9. Domenico Pozzovivo
(ITA/ALM) 1:19, 10. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 1:21, 11. Chris Froome
(GBR/SKY) 1:22, 12. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN) 1:29, 13. Mikel Landa
(ESP/AST) 1:39, 14. Louis Meintjies (RSA/MTN) 1:51, 15. Sergio Henao
(COL/SKY) 2:24, 16. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/ETI) 2:25, 17. Samuel
Sanchez (ESP/BMC) 2:50, 18. Andr Cardoso (POR/CAN) 2:51, 19. Romain
Sicard (FRA/EUC) 2:55, 20. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 3:01.