Current Vuelta a España race leader Denis Menchov (Rabobank) admitted after the finish of yesterday's stage in Burgos that he was lucky not to be a victim of the fall in which Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros) was involved, saying that he too was riding at the head of the peloton.
Menchov explained that after some moments of confusion "the people waited for Heras and all the other riders involved in the fall. I went through this situation and I know what they're feeling. That is what cycling is like," he said. Menchov also said he believes the most crucial stage of the race will be Saturday's stage to Lagos de Covadonga, rather than the following day to Valgrande Pajares, which Heras originally marked as the biggest opportunity to take time out of his Russian arch-rival.