Tour of Spain: Nikias Arndt of Germany takes the stage 8, Van der Sande 3rd, Nicolas Edet new leader



Germany's Nikias Arndt won the eighth stage of the Tour of Spain on Saturday, between Valls and Igualda (166.9 km).

The Sunweb rider was the fastest in the group of 21 fumbles left early in the race. Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal) took third place behind Spain's Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA). Member of the breakaway, French Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) seized the red jersey. The peloton, with Colombian leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), arrived at over 9 minutes. Teuns, sixth of the stage, thus goes back to the second rank of the general.

With one difficulty, the Puerto de Montserrat (2nd category) 27 km from the finish, the course was conducive to fighters. In fact, after 19 km, a group of 21 riders formed at the front. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) and Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal) represented Belgium in this breakaway. Some strong riders like Switzerland's Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale), Czech Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Colombian Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates) and Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team), David de Cruz (Ineos) or Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), winner of the 6th stage in front of Teuns, also appeared in this group.

The highest ranked rider overall was Frenchman Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), 16th at 6:24. The peloton led by Astana of the red jersey Miguel Angel Lopez, let slip. The gap reached 4 minutes after thirty kilometers.

The American Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) took advantage of the climb of the Puerto de Montserrat (7.4km to 6.6%) to isolate himself in the lead. His companions escaped at the top.

While the rain was coming on the course, three riders came out in the descent: the Portuguese Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin), the Dutchman Martijn Tusveld (Sunweb) and the Spaniard Fernando Barcelo (Euskadi-Murias). But this attempt also failed.

It was therefore in the sprint that the breakaway contested the victory. Arndt was the fastest in front of Aranburu and Van der Sande. Teuns was sixth. Arndt, 27, clinches the sixth victory of his career. Eleventh, Edet could celebrate the conquest of the red jersey, Lopez's peloton arriving 9 minutes and 24 seconds after the winner.

In general, Edet has 2:21 ahead of Teuns and 3:01 over Lopez.

Sunday, the mountain will return with the 9th stage between Andorra la Vella and Cortals d'Encamp (94.4 km). This short stage offers no less than five climbs, including the final climb of 5.7 km to 8.3%.

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