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Geniez aces 12th stage as Herrada takes lead in Spain
September 07, 2018
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Madrid: France’s Alexandre Geniez edged a tight final sprint to win stage 12 of the Tour of Spain on Thursday as Britain’s Simon Yates surrendered the leader’s red jersey to Spaniard Jesus Herrada.

A dramatic last 10 kilometres reached its climax when Geniez, of the AG2R team, held off a late push for the line from Team Sky´s Dylan van Baarle, with Mark Padun of Bahrain-Merida coming in third.

Mitchelton’s Yates, who had worn the red jersey since stage nine, drops to second in the general classification after Herrada (Cofidis) formed part of an 18-strong breakaway group during the climb of Alto de Cadeira.

Together with Movistar pair Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana — who are also fighting for overall honours —Yates allowed the gap to exceed 11 minutes and when they finally made their move, it was too late.

At the end of a twisting route between Mondonedo and Manon, Herrada leads Yates by three minutes and 22 seconds, with Valverde one second further back in third.

“It is hard to believe,” Herrada said. “In the end to take the lead is a dream, I couldn’t challenge for the stage because I was exhausted but it is reward for the work we have been doing for a long time. The race will continue on Friday with the 13th stage, stretching 174.8km between the town of Candas and La Camperona.

roglic leads

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic took the overall lead in the Tour of Britain on Thursday as his Team LottoNL-Jumbo dominated the team time trial stage from Cockermouth to Whinlatter in Cumbria.

The Dutch outfit completed the 14-kilometre course, including the climb of Whinlatter, in 19 minutes and 37 seconds, 16 seconds quicker than Team Quick-Step Floors.

“We are all really happy – it’s a really special moment,” Roglic said.

“Getting the jersey was not really a big objective – we just wanted to do a nice team time trial. But as we managed to take it, we will try and defend the jersey in the next days.

“There was quite a lot of communication out on the road because it was a really hard climb. I think all the guys did a really good job, each and every one of them. It’s a really nice win.”

New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin lost the leader’s green jersey after a disappointing performance from BMC Racing squad as they finished sixth and 38 seconds behind.

Agencies

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