Well, the peloton has survived the first mountain stage and the leader, wrapped in gold, led them north away from Dante‘s breath and towards Leon. Keeping with the mythical theme, the god of Thunder delivered the golden fleece wearing Di Luca and his men into the town of Leon.
If you can call 35C (95F) a cooling trend, the peloton pedaled through central Spain heading towards the next series of mountains. Thor Hushovd took what looked like a disorganized Milram sprint and won his first Vuelta stage. Unburdened by the leader’s jersey, Thor focused solely on the finish line.
“Being in the leader’s jersey makes you think more about hanging on to it than winning, but I came here to win stages and until today I hadn’t achieved that,” said the big Norwegian. “I am very motivated and now I’m very relaxed. I took advantage of Milram’s work, after they led out the sprint.”