Rodriguez and Geoghegan Hart keep Ineos Grenadiers in the Vuelta GC picture

COLLU FANCUAYA SPAIN AUGUST 27 Carlos Rodriguez Cano of Spain and Team INEOS Grenadiers crosses the finish line during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 8 a 1534km stage from Pola de Laviana to Collu Fancuaya 1084m LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 27 2022 in Collu Fancuaya Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) crosses the finish line of stage 8 in ninth and moved to fourth overall (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

A day of severely mixed fortunes for Ineos Grenadiers in the Vuelta a España’s summit finish at Colláu Fancuaya on Saturday saw the British team make important gains with two of their four potential pre-race GC candidates, while Richard Carapaz, the 2020 runner-up, suffered on the climbs and lost nearly five minutes.

If Carapaz is now out of the GC picture, young teammate Carlos Rodriguez, however, completed another excellent stage, shadowing Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl), Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), and Enric Mas (Movistar) to almost within striking distance of the line. The young Spanish national champion has now risen to fourth overall, 1:47 back.

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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.