By Iker Rioja
Abraham Olano attributed the multiple crashes in Friday's Vuelta a España stage to road changes made leading to the finish in Zaragoza. There were two major crashes, one at 30 kilometres out and the second in the final kilometres.
"Zaragoza's town hall changed the route because of next year's World Fair's repairs and, because of that, at least two more traffic circles were added," Olano stated to TVE.
Race organizer Unipublic confirmed the next morning that there were also changes in the last kilometres of the route. "Between kilometres 110 and 140 we took an alternative route looking for a wider road," explained on its official website. Nevertheless, the overall distance was not changed and the stage remained 176 kilometres long.