Rein Taaramäe: 'I was lucky' in mass crash at Vuelta a España

ALBACETE SPAIN AUGUST 18 Rein Taarame of Estonia and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux Red Leader Jersey and Teammates crosse the finishing line during the 76th Tour of Spain 2021 Stage 5 a 1844km stage from Tarancn to Albacete lavuelta LaVuelta21 on August 18 2021 in Albacete Spain Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) crosses line 2:26 behind stage winner (Image credit: Getty Images)

Twiddling his fingers and saying, “I was waiting like that,” was how Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) described the post-crash delay that cost him the Vuelta a España lead on stage 5 on Wednesday.

For the second time in 24 hours, late on stage 5 the words caida del lider [leader falls] flashed up on Spanish TV screens again as Taaramäe hit the deck in the closing kilometres of the day’s racing. But this time he was far from being the only one to go down.

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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.