Vuelta a Espana stage 8: Dyball breaks away, Mader loses time

Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo Visma) won the stage 8 summit finish of the Vuelta a Espana, and pulled back a few vital seconds to overall race leader, Richard Carapaz (Team Ineos).

Stage 8 of the Vuelta a Espana was another summit finish stage, with the finish line coming at the top of the 8km climb of Alto de Moncalivillo.

The stage started off well for NTT Pro Cycling as Benjamin Dyball was able to infiltrate the main break of the day. The Aussie climber was in good company, with 6 other strong riders joining him as they forced open a 5-minute gap on the peloton.

Unfortunately for Dyball, Movistar decided to blow the race apart behind him, as the Spanish team split the peloton in two over the top and on the descent of the penultimate climb of the 164km stage.

This proved to be a double blow move for NTT Pro Cycling as Dyball’s break was being reeled in quickly and Gino Mader was caught out in the 2nd part of the peloton.

As Dyball was caught, the gap opened to Mader’s group, despite our team rallying around him to limit the time loss before the final climb began. In the end, Mader did a decent final climb on his own but would finish the stage just over 7-minutes down on Roglic.

Mader now sits 21st overall and 3rd in the young rider classification but at a time difference of over 11 minutes, the Swiss climber can now start to look at targeting a stage win from a possible break away.