The 16th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, deemed the queen stage, saw Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) secure the stage win from the early breakaway. Louis Meintjes put in another incredible ride to solidify his top 10 place on the General Classification. With 7 classified climbs over the 185km route it was always going to be an exciting day in the general classification race. The early racing though saw 10 riders get away from the peloton. With none of the 10 riders being a threat on GC, they were allowed as much as 22 minutes lead and inevitably the chance to decide the stage.