Vicioso assumes provisional leadership
Ángel Vicioso's fifth place on yesterday's second stage of the Vuelta a España now sees the rider in fourth overall, while a strong team performance has resulted in Liberty Seguros-Würth taking over the teams classification from Team CSC.
"I tried with all my might [to break away], but it wasn't to be because we were cut off when [Pablo] Lastras fell down in the descent," said Vicioso. "Then we worked well only at the end and I could not do any more. I still have the cold that I had since the beginning of the Vuelta, but I feel quite well; I had very good sensations in training since finishing the Tour de France. Today was impossible, but I am going to continue fighting to win a stage."
However, it wasn't all Liberty's way, with Marcus Serrano involved in a crash on the descent of the Alto de San Jeronimo, but thankfully he received only minor cuts. Explained Serrano: "I was caught in the crash on the descent of last climb, but I was lucky; I could not avoid it because I was just ahead, but nothing happened to me at all, I only broke the front wheel. It was a dangerous place, because there was a deep ravine. It was a pity to lose my place in first group, but the important thing is that I came away unharmed."
Nominated team leader Roberto Heras finished safely within the first peloton in 30th place, and lies 12th overall going into today's third stage from Cordoba to Puertollano.