Eiking’s Vuelta a España’s leadership ends in pain and disappointment

LAGOS DE COVADONGA SPAIN SEPTEMBER 01 Odd Christian Eiking of Norway and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux Red Leader Jersey competes during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 17 a 1855km stage from Unquera to Lagos de Covadonga 1085m lavuelta LaVuelta21 on September 01 2021 in Lagos de Covadonga Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) during stage 17 of the Vuelta a España (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Odd Christian Eiking’s spell in the Vuelta a España’s leaders jersey ended in pain and disappointment on stage 17 after Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) attacked with 60km to go and distanced him before he crashed on the descent as he fought to defend a place in the top five overall.

The Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert rider had led the Vuelta a España since stage 10 to Rincón de la Victoria when he was part of a breakaway.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.