Nicolas Roche fails to make progress at Vuelta a España

Jesús Herrada takes over at the top in Spain amid a day of drama at Rás na mBan

Nicolas Roche slipped three places to 34th overall in the Vuelta a España on Thursday, losing time to a large breakaway which stayed clear until the end of the stage. Frenchman Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) beat Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) and several others to the line in Faro de Estaca de Bares in Mañón; Roche rolled in as part of the main bunch 11 minutes 39 seconds back.

One of the breakaway riders, Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) takes over at the top of the general classification. Roche is 17 minutes 5 seconds back.

At home, Rhona Callander (Team GB), was best in the bunch gallop which decided stage two of Rás na mBan in Castlecomer, beating Anne Sophie Harsch (Andy Schleck Cycles Women Project), Désirée Ehrler and others. Lauren Creamer (Scott Orwell) was best of the Irish riders, in 15th place.

Stage one winner Nina Kessler (Team NH) was involved in a large crash with 10km left. She finished in the main bunch, but the superior consistency of Iris Sachet (DN17 Nouvelle Aquitaine) over the two days saw her take over the leader's jersey. She is on the same time as 54 others, setting up a major battle for Friday's stage to the top of Mount Leinster. Creamer is top Irish rider in 13th.


At the Tour of Britain, the Team Wiggins squad of Mark Downey and Matthew Teggart finished 13th in the team time trial. Teggart lost time to his team-mates, but Downey finished with them, dropping one minute 25 seconds to the victorious LottoNL-Jumbo team.

Tour de France stage winner Primoz Roglic takes over at the top courtesy of that team win, with Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) six seconds back. Downey and Teggart are 71st and 86th overall respectively; Teggart stays second in the sprints classification.

Shane Stokes

Shane Stokes

Shane Stokes is a contributor to The Irish Times writing about cycling