Vuelta a Espana: 'Icing on the cake' for Gaudu with second stage win and eighth overall

Vuelta a Espana 2020
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Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) dominated the headlines on the pivotal stage 17 summit finish of the Vuelta a Epsana but the day also belonged to David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) who claimed his second stage of the race and moved from 11th to eighth overall ahead of the final stage into Madrid.

Gaudu and his teammate Bruno Armirail made it into a group of over 30 riders that broke clear in the opening kilometers, and despite being outnumbered by UAE Team Emirates the French duo set about masterminding a near faultless performance. Armirail, who also played a part in Gaudu’s first stage win earlier in the race, set the pace for most of the day and then burnt off a number of breakaway rivals before Gaudu made his winning moving on the final climb of the Alto de la Covatilla.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.