Vuelta a Espana: Lopez says crash on gravel sector 'could have been a lot worse'

(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Miguel Angel López’s bloodied arms and muddied kit told their own story when he crossed the line at Cortals d’Encamp at the finish of stage 9 of the Vuelta a España.

The Astana rider had been on the attack, half a minute clear of his direct rivals, when a ferocious hailstorm interrupted live television pictures in the final 10 kilometres. By the time coverage resumed, he had been caught and passed by those same rivals after falling victim to a crash on the gravel sector that preceded the haul to the finish.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.