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2014 Vuelta a España

69th Edition: August 23 - September 14, 2014

Stage 8 results

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Stage 8, Saturday, Aug 30: Baeza - Albacete, 207 km

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Nacer Bouhanni wins stage 8

Nacer Bouhanni wins stage 8. Peter Sagan, who was third, can be seen behind him. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: The roasting heat the Vuelta has suffered so far eased a bit today.

The peloton let a break of Elia Favilli (Lampre-Merida) and Francisco Aramendia (Caja Rural) ride away during the day's first kilometers. They were allowed a maximum gap of a bit more than seven minutes. But since this was a stage with no categorized climbs, the sprinters' teams had no intention of letting a break run away.

First Giant-Shimano and then FDJ, looking to protect John Degenkolb and Nacer Bouhanni's chances moved to the front and began closing the gap. With 35 kilometers to go, the pair had been absorbed. It looked like we were going to have a normal, dull day of controlled racing with a furious final kilometer.

But...The wind started blowing from the right and several teams, Tinkoff-Saxo, Trek BMC and Sky, started mercilessly flogging the peloton and it quickly fractured into several echelons. Almost all the big GC riders and important sprinters were in the front group.

But near the end John Degenkolb and Nairo Quintana were dropped from the front group had to chase with furious intensity. This was hard, quality bike racing and no one was giving any gifts. Degenkolb and Quintana clawed their way back to the front group, but surely Degenkolb's legs were ruined by the chase for the coming sprint.

About 50 riders contested the sprint, led under the Red Kite by Omega Pharma. First of the big guns to fire was FDJ's Nacer Bouhanni who blasted like a bullet to the front. It looked like he had gone too soon, but he kept driving and no one could get by him. Bouhanni won the stage with Michael Matthews second. Degenkolb was not even close, the chase had taken its toll.

Race leader Alejandro finished 22nd, in the front group to retain his red jersey.

Complete Stage 8 results:

Winner's average speed: 46.2 km/hr

1 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr 4hr 29min 00sec
2 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge
3 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling
4 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano
5 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol
6 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team
7 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka
8 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida
9 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
10 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing
11 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team
12 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling
13 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling
14 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo
15 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr
16 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka
17 Christopher Froome Team SKY
18 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha
19 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team
20 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team
21 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team
22 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
23 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
24 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo
25 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team
26 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
27 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
28 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol
29 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team
30 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha
31 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano
32 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge
33 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge
34 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha
35 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha
36 Mikel Nieve Team SKY
37 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
38 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp
39 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY
40 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
41 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing
42 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team
43 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling
44 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano
45 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team
46 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
47 Philip Deignan Team SKY
48 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team
49 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA
50 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team
51 Dario Cataldo Team SKY
52 Andrey Amador Movistar Team
53 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits
54 Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team
55 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo @ 10 seconds
56 Jose Rodolfo Serpa  Lampre Merida + 13''
57 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY
58 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano + 16''
59 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge + 18''
60 Christian Knees Team SKY + 20''
61 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol
62 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 53''
63 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale
64 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team
65 Romain Sicard Team Europcar
66 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits
67 Luis Angel Mate  Cofidis Solutions Crédits
68 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits
69 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka
70 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA
71 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale
72 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp
73 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team
74 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha
75 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale
76 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo
77 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing
78 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida
79 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team
80 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling
81 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team
82 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing
83 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team
84 Adriano Malori Movistar Team
85 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling
86 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling
87 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling
88 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits
89 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp
90 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka
91 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team
92 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr
93 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team
94 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol
95 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling
96 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar
97 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida
98 Alberto Losada Team Katusha
99 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
100 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale
101 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
102 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp
103 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling
104 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida
105 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida
106 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano
107 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto Belisol
108 José Herrada Movistar Team + 1' 08''
109 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol
110 Murilo Fischer FDJ.fr
111 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano
112 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits
113 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha
114 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing
115 Luke Rowe Team SKY
116 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team + 1' 13''
117 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar
118 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team
119 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo + 1' 16''
120 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar + 1' 26''
121 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka + 1' 52''
122 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
123 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 1' 55''
124 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1' 55''
125 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2' 23''
126 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team
127 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team
128 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano
129 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano
130 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team
131 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr
132 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida
133 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr
134 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo
135 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing
136 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team
137 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA
138 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale
139 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
140 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge
141 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp
142 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida
143 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol
144 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA
145 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA
146 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits
147 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale
148 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team
149 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha
150 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling
151 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha
152 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar
153 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka
154 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale
155 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA
156 Brett Lancaster Orica GreenEdge
157 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka
158 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr
159 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA
160 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale
161 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA
162 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar
163 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar
164 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling
165 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka
166 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits
167 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge + 2' 30''
168 Dan Craven Team Europcar
169 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp + 3' 00''
170 David Millar Garmin Sharp
171 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY
172 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp
173 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team + 3' 51''
174 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol + 5' 52''
175 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka + 6' 47''
176 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale
177 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling
178 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team
179 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling
180 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo
181 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo
182 Javier Moreno Movistar Team
183 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing
184 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team
185 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge
186 Lawson Craddock Team Giant - Shimano
187 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida
188 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling
189 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling
190 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol + 8' 59''
191 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing
192 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr
193 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr
194 Dominic Klemme IAM Cycling
195 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team

GC after Stage 8:

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 31hr 21min 20sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 15 seconds
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo + 18''
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 20''
5 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge + 41''
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 45''
7 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 55''
8 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 58''
9 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 02''
10 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 06''
11 Mikel Nieve Team SKY + 1' 09''
12 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 1' 11''
13 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1' 12''
14 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 18''
15 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp + 1' 34''
16 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka + 2' 12''
17 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 2' 19''
18 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2' 25''
19 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp + 2' 30''
20 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol + 2' 46''
21 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 2' 50''
22 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha + 2' 59''
23 Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team + 3' 10''
24 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing + 3' 28''
25 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 3' 37''
26 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo + 3' 45''
27 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 3' 47''
28 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team + 4' 10''
29 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha + 4' 47''
30 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida + 4' 52''
31 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 5' 48''
32 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 6' 56''
33 Romain Sicard Team Europcar + 7' 03''
34 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team + 8' 01''
35 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team + 8' 19''
36 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha + 8' 22''
37 Luis Angel Mate  Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 8' 22''
38 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team + 8' 38''
39 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr + 8' 59''
40 Andrey Amador Movistar Team + 9' 01''
41 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale + 9' 02''
42 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale + 9' 05''
43 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team + 9' 15''
44 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 10' 10''
45 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp + 10' 13''
46 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team + 11' 10''
47 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha + 12' 40''
48 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge + 12' 52''
49 Alberto Losada Team Katusha + 14' 28''
50 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 14' 45''
51 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto Belisol + 15' 07''
52 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team + 16' 51''
53 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 17' 06''
54 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 17' 18''
55 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 18' 08''
56 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling + 18' 18''
57 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo + 18' 29''
58 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team + 18' 41''
59 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol + 19' 41''
60 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo + 20' 05''
61 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team + 21' 24''
62 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 22' 18''
63 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida + 22' 55''
64 José Herrada Movistar Team + 23' 00''
65 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 23' 16''
66 Philip Deignan Team SKY + 23' 32''
67 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano + 23' 59''
68 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY + 24' 10''
69 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp + 24' 25''
70 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing + 24' 31''
71 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka + 24' 46''
72 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano + 24' 53''
73 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale + 25' 34''
74 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling + 25' 44''
75 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo + 26' 34''
76 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano + 26' 45''
77 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge + 27' 36''
78 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 28' 26''
79 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY + 30' 02''
80 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team + 30' 34''
81 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team + 31' 31''
82 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano + 31' 37''
83 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka + 31' 56''
84 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling + 31' 58''
85 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar + 32' 13''
86 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida + 32' 32''
87 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 33' 11''
88 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 33' 54''
89 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge + 34' 45''
90 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol + 35' 20''
91 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team + 35' 20''
92 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo + 35' 20''
93 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha + 35' 39''
94 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 35' 59''
95 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp + 36' 14''
96 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida + 36' 36''
97 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team + 36' 39''
98 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 37' 39''
99 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team + 38' 30''
100 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr + 38' 45''
101 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr + 39' 11''
102 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 39' 52''
103 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka + 40' 24''
104 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol + 42' 22''
105 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Lampre Merida + 43' 14''
106 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 43' 17''
107 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing + 43' 27''
108 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar + 43' 59''
109 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 44' 03''
110 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 44' 11''
111 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 44' 26''
112 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 44' 27''
113 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 44' 31''
114 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling + 45' 54''
115 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha + 46' 38''
116 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar + 46' 42''
117 Lawson Craddock Team Giant - Shimano + 47' 32''
118 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr + 47' 49''
119 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol + 47' 50''
120 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol + 48' 00''
121 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka + 48' 01''
122 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing + 48' 07''
123 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling + 48' 24''
124 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling + 48' 34''
125 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling + 48' 41''
126 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 49' 10''
127 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling + 49' 37''
128 Christian Knees Team SKY + 50' 04''
129 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr + 50' 37''
130 Javier Moreno Movistar Team + 51' 12''
131 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling + 52' 21''
132 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team + 52' 33''
133 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo + 52' 52''
134 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling + 53' 15''
135 Valgren Andersen Michael Tinkoff - Saxo + 53' 59''
136 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling + 54' 14''
137 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 54' 18''
138 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka + 55' 15''
139 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano + 56' 33''
140 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida + 56' 43''
141 Julian David Arredondo Trek Factory Racing + 56' 56''
142 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 56' 57''
143 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 57' 04''
144 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida + 57' 26''
145 David Millar Garmin Sharp + 57' 36''
146 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano + 57' 39''
147 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha + 57' 43''
148 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge + 57' 49''
149 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale + 58' 11''
150 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing + 59' 12''
151 Adriano Malori Movistar Team + 59' 13''
152 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr + 59' 23''
153 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp + 59' 37''
154 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale + 59' 44''
155 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1h 00' 07''
156 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida + 1h 00' 31''
157 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing + 1h 00' 35''
158 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 00' 50''
159 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol + 1h 01' 43''
160 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1h 02' 26''
161 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol + 1h 02' 26''
162 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1h 02' 58''
163 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 03' 53''
164 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar + 1h 04' 15''
165 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 04' 23''
166 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1h 04' 58''
167 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp + 1h 05' 04''
168 Dan Craven Team Europcar + 1h 06' 19''
169 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 06' 20''
170 Murilo Fischer FDJ.fr + 1h 06' 38''
171 Dario Cataldo Team SKY + 1h 07' 53''
172 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 08' 04''
173 Francisco Javier Aramendia Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1h 08' 52''
174 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge + 1h 08' 59''
175 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp + 1h 11' 17''
176 Brett Lancaster Orica GreenEdge + 1h 11' 30''
177 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 12' 54''
178 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1h 13' 27''
179 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling + 1h 14' 05''
180 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing + 1h 14' 09''
181 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge + 1h 14' 43''
182 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team + 1h 15' 46''
183 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team + 1h 15' 51''
184 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team + 1h 18' 33''
185 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr + 1h 19' 03''
186 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling + 1h 20' 45''
187 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 21' 06''
188 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr + 1h 21' 19''
189 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar + 1h 23' 06''
190 Luke Rowe Team SKY + 1h 25' 34''
191 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar + 1h 26' 32''
192 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 28' 10''
193 Dominic Klemme IAM Cycling + 1h 37' 11''
194 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 37' 31''
195 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling + 1h 44' 59''

Points Classification:

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 87 points
2 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr 74
3 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 71
4 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp 42
5 Christopher Froome Team SKY 38
6 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing 34
7 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 32
8 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 32
9 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale 31
10 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida 30
11 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling 28
12 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling 27
13 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 24
14 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team 23
15 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 22
16 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team 21
17 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling 20
18 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling 20
19 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team 19
20 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 17
21 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 16
22 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 16
23 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team 16
24 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 16
25 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling 16
26 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 15
27 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 15
28 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 14
29 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 13
30 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team 13
31 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 12
32 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol 12
33 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale 12
34 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA 12
35 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 10
36 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 10
37 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling 10
38 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team 10
39 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 9
40 Esteban Chaves Orica GreenEdge 9
41 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits 8
42 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 8
43 Mikel Nieve Team SKY 7
44 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha 7
45 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 7
46 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 7
47 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 6
48 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling 6
49 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano 5
50 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 5
51 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 5
52 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 5
53 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka 5
54 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 5
55 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 4
56 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale 4
57 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 4
58 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol 4
59 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling 4
60 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3
61 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 3
62 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 3
63 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 2
64  Michael Valgren Andersen Tinkoff - Saxo 2
65 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr 2
66 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
67 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1
68 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo 1
69 José Herrada Movistar Team 1
70 Christian Knees Team SKY 1

Mountains Classification:

1 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 18 points
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 10
3 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 10
4 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling 8
5 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 7
6 Christopher Froome Team SKY 6
7 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 6
8 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 5
9 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp 5
10 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 5
11 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 4
12 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp 3
13 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge 3
14 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 2
15 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 2
16 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 2
17 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale 2
18 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 2
19 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team 1
20 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 1
21 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 1
22 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1

Team Classification:

1 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 93hr 37min 53sec
2 Movistar Team @ 45 seconds
3 Team Katusha + 2' 28''
4 BMC Racing Team + 2' 36''
5 Omega Pharma - Quick Step + 5' 22''
6 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits + 5' 23''
7 Tinkoff - Saxo + 7' 26''
8 Astana Pro Team + 7' 46''
9 Garmin Sharp + 8' 25''
10 Lampre - Merida + 11' 57''
11 Team SKY + 15' 30''
12 Team Giant - Shimano + 17' 06''
13 Lotto Belisol + 22' 09''
14 AG2R La Mondiale + 23' 29''
15 Cannondale Pro Cycling + 24' 46''
16 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA + 25' 13''
17 Orica GreenEdge + 29' 37''
18 MTN - Qhubeka + 39' 33''
19 FDJ.fr + 40' 03''
20 Trek Factory Racing + 48' 23''
21 Team Europcar + 1h 03' 46''
22 IAM Cycling + 1h 37' 29''

Stage 8 photos:

Chris Froome

Chris Froome heads to the start. Photo ©Sirotti

Dan Martin

Dan Martin before the start. Photo ©Sirotti

Alberto Contador

What kind of condition is Alberto Contador really in? Photo ©Sirotti

Wilco Kelderman

Wilco Kelderman. Photo ©Sirotti

Gerald Ciolek

Gerlad Ciolek. Photo ©Sirotti

Fabio Aru

Fabio Aru. Photo ©Sirotti

Warren Barguil

Warren Barguil is a little scuffed up after yesterday's crash. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 8 sprint

Here they come. Bouhanni is at the front with his head down. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 8 sprint

Michael Matthews is trying to come by on Bouhanni's left. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 8 sprint

Matthews is coming close...Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 8 sprint

But Nacer Bouhanni takes the stage. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 8 sprint

Behind Bouhanni and Matthews Peter Sagan takes third. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 8 sprint

Now Bouhanni can celebrate. Photo ©Sirotti

Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans finishes the stage. Photo ©Sirotti

Ryder Hesjedal

Ryder Hesjedal after completing the stage. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage winner Nacer Bouhanni

Stage winner Nacer Bouhanni. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde spends another day in red. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 8 live updates:

Weather at Albacete at 1PM local time: Looks like the baking heat is going to relent a bit today. 28C (82F) with mixed sun and clouds, forecast to climb to 32C (89F). Wind from the south-southeast at 16 km/hr (10 mph). Humidity 45% and no chance of rain.

Km 33, 174 km to go: 195 riders signed to start today. Three riders crashed out yesterday, Bryan Nauleau (Europcar) has a broken nose. Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) has an injured shoulder, but nothing broken. Ivan Santaromita (Orica-GreenEdge) was thought to have broken his hand, but he has a dislocated finger, instead.

Chris Froome crashed yesterday and gave everyone a scare, but he's fine and even took back two seconds in the sprint.

Two riders are off the front, Elia Favilli (Lampre) and Francisco Aramendia (Caja Rural). The pair are currently riding 7min 8sec ahead of the Giant-Shimano led peloton.

Km 56, 151 km to go: Today is the 2014 Vuelta's longest stage and the only one over 200 km. It also has no categorized climbs, so it will be one for the sprinters. Hence Giant-Shimano is thinking of another John Degenkolb stage win and is at the front keeping the break from running away.

Aramendia and Favilli currently have a lead of 6min 18sec.

Km 77, 130 km to go: As expected, FDJ, thinking of sprinter Nacer Bouhanni, has joined Giant-Shimano at the front of the peloton. The break's lead is 6 minutes. After two hours the average speed is 39.5 km/hr.

Km 100, 107 km to go: The break's gap is 5min 40sec. Alberto Contador had some small mechanical problem which appears to be solved and his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates are bringing him back to the peloton.

Km 126, 81 km to go: Results of the intermediate sprint at Alcaraz: 1st Elia Favilli, 2nd Francisco Aramendia, 3rd John Degekolb. Currently Favilli and Aramendia are 4 minutes ahead of the peloton.

Km 147, 60 km to go: The gap has really fallen, the lead duo now have just 1min 18sec. The pair still look good, pedaling well. But I am sure they are doomed. This stage is too big an opportunity for the sprinters. Sky is up at the front with FDJ and Giant-Shimano.

Km 157, 50 km to go: The pack is continues to close in on Favilli and Aramendia. The gap is down to 66 seconds. Giant-Shimano and FDJ continue to do the work of pulling the peloton.

Results of the intermediate sprint at El Jardin: 1st Elia Favilli, 2nd Francisco Aramendia, 3rd Sergio Paulinho.

Km 172, 35 km to go: The pair have been caught, it's all together. Sky is at the front, controlling he pace, surely trying to keep Froome out of trouble. Tinkoff-Saxo is also riding near the front.

29 km to go: The speed is going up and the peloton is stringing out. Now Trek has come to the front. 65 km/hr right now. The wind is starting to blow from the right. Might things break up under this pressure?

26 km to go: Indeed, the pack is fracturing into echelons. Sky, Belkin, BMC, Tinkoff-Saxo are hamerring hard at the front.

22 km to go: It looks like the big GC guys (Froome, Contador, Evans, Valverde) are in the front group, along with Peter Sagan and John Degenkolb. First echelon is 21 seconds behind.

14 km to go: The first chasing group caught the leaders. It looks like Nacer Bouhanni is now in the front group. Tinkoff-Saxo is at the front right now pushing hard.

8 km to go: Oh, the first group broke apart. Degenkolb and Quintana are in the chasing group. BMC pounds away at the front of the first group. This is a hard day of real racing.

5 km to go: The chasers with Degenkolb and Quintana have linked up with the front group.

3 km to go: Giant-Shimano is going straight to the front. Omega Pharma has its train at the front.

2 km to go: Pack is strung out in Albacete. We'll have a big sprint.

Under the Red Kite: Sagan is near the front with Michael Matthews.

The Finish: Orica-GreenEdge is at the front, but Nacer Bouhanni shot out like a spit grapeseed to take the stage. Looks Like Matthews was second.

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Stage 8 map

Stage 8 map

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