Lone counter-attack at Vuelta reaps first-year pro Ayuso major overall gains

SAN MIGUEL DE AGUAYO SPAIN AUGUST 25 Juan Ayuso Pesquera of Spain and UAE Team Emirates crosses the finishing line during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 6 a 1812km stage from Bilbao to Ascensin al Pico Jano San Miguel de Aguayo 1131m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 25 2022 in Pico Jano San Miguel de Aguayo Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) crosses the finishing line of stage 6 atop Pico Jano in fourth place (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Remco Evenepoel was not the only up-and-coming cycling star to make some huge waves on the first summit finish of the Vuelta a España on Thursday, as the youngest rider in the race, Juan Ayuso, launched a notable counter-attack to move into fifth overall.

Riding his first Grand Tour at 19, the UAE Team Emirates racer blasted away from a GC group shortly after Evenepoel and Enric Mas (Movistar) had already disappeared into the mist and rain enveloping Pico Jano.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.