Bouhanni Wins Again As Winds Cause Havoc

Cycle//Vuelta a España

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Nacer Bouhanni claimed a second stage victory at this year's Vuelta a España on a day when strong cross winds caused havoc in the peloton.

The eighth and longest stage of this year's Vuelta, 207 kilometres between Baeza and Albacete, saw the peloton split by winds, although all of the leading general classification riders managed to stay out of trouble and as such the time gaps at the front of the race remain the same.

Team Sky's Chris Froome remains in the hunt for victory, with Alejandro Valverde 15 seconds clear of teammate Nairo Quintana. Alberto Contador is third, 18 seconds down, with Froome two seconds back.

"I'm just glad to get through that one and into the mountains tomorrow," Froome said. "We've still got a lot of racing to come and a lot of climbing to do. It's going to be a full-on race."

FDJ.fr rider Bouhanni, also victorious on stage two, stoked a little controversy when he appeared to cut across Australia's Michael Matthews on the run to the line, but was nevertheless a deserving winner after four hours and 29 minutes of racing.

"The last 50 kilometres were very, very long - it was a very fast pace," said Bouhanni.

The race returns to the mountains on Sunday for the 185km ninth stage from Carboneras de Guadazon to Aramon Valdelinares.

Stage Eight Result

1. Nacer Bouhanni 4hrs 29mins
2. Michael Matthews - same time
3. Peter Sagan
4. John Degenkolb
5. Greg Henderson
6. Robert Wagner
7. Kristian Sbaragli
8. Roberto Ferrari
9. Tom Boonen
10. Jasper Stuyven

General Classification

1. Alejandro Valverde 31hrs 21mins 20secs
2. Nairo Quintana +15
3. Alberto Contador +18
4. Chris Froome +20
5. Esteban Chaves +41
6. Joaquim Rodriguez +45
7. Robert Gesink +55
8. Fabio Aru +58
9. Warren Barguil +1:02
10. Wilco Kelderman +1:06

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