Nairo Quintana takes race lead as Lagutin wins stage eight of the Vuelta a España

Nairo Quintana moves into the Vuelta a España's red jersey after an impressive performance on the day's final climb to distance his rivals

Sergey Lagutin at the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Katusha gained their first win of the 2016 Vuelta a España as Sergey Lagutin conquered the steep mountain at the end of the stage, on which the general classification favourites battled it out.

The breakaway was allowed to contest the stage win, but five minutes behind it was the turn of the peloton's best climbers to try and gain an advantage.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.