Jesus Herrada takes Vuelta red jersey and big leading after thrilling stage 12

Spains Jess Herrada became the overall leader while Alexandre Geniez won stage 12 with a nail-biting sprint to pip Dylan van Baarle

The Spanish rider Jesus Herrada became the overall leader of the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday while the Frenchman Alexandre Geniez won stage 12 with a nail-biting sprint to the finish line as he pipped Team Sky’s Dylan van Baarle to victory.

Cofidis’ Herrada took the red jersey from Britain’s Simon Yates after joining a second breakaway group that finished 2min 32 sec behind Geniez and over nine minutes ahead of Yates and the other general category hopefuls.

Herrada holds an impressive lead of 3min 32 sec over Yates, who slipped to second place, while Alejandro Valverde is now third, a further second behind, and Nairo Quintana is down to fourth.

Geniez edged ahead in the final few metres of the 180.1 km flat stage from Mondonedo to Faro de Estaca de Bares to beat Van Baarle by half a wheel and grab a third victory at the Vuelta after winning stages in 2013 and 2016.

Quick guide

Vuelta overall standings

1 Jesus Herrada( Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 50 hr 28 min 56 sec

2 Simon Yates( GBr) Mitchelton-Scott +3 min 22 sec

3 Alejandro Valverde( Spa) Movistar Team +3 min 23 sec

4 Nairo Quintana( Col) Movistar Team +3 min 36 sec

5 Ion Izagirre( Spa) Bahrain-Merida +3 min 39 sec

6 Tony Gallopin( Fra) AG2R La Mondiale +3 min 46 sec

7 Emanuel Buchmann( Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe +3 min 46 sec

8 Miguel Angel Lopez( Col) Astana Pro Team +3 min 49 sec

9 Rigoberto Uran( Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/ b Cannondale +3 min 54 sec

10 Steven Kruijswijk( Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo +4 min 5sec

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There was further ache for Van Baarle, who looked visibly frustrated at narrowly missing out on the stage win and crashed into a photographer shortly after crossing the finish line.

The Vuelta returns to the mountains in Friday’s stage 13, a 174.8 km route from Candas Carreno to La Camperona with a summit finish.

Eurosport UK (@ Eurosport_UK) That looked painful

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