Edet: This is something that might only happen once in my career

Nicolas Edet
(Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

On completing stage 8 of the Vuelta a España in 11th place, Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) took shelter from the rain that washed over the Catalan town of Igualada in a press tent near the finish line. While the reporters vacated the space to hear the immediate thoughts of stage winner Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb) and the rest of the breakaway, Edet stood peering at a small screen, anxiously scanning the clock in the corner that counted out the break’s advantage on the peloton.

Edet’s features began to crease into a smile when the clock hit five minutes, and overall leader Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and the peloton were still navigating the road furniture on the outskirts of town. By the time the magic figure of 6:24 was reached, the Frenchman was already being chaperoned towards the podium. The red jersey of race leader was his.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.