Vuelta a Espana peloton pays tribute to Civil Guard who lost life during race

Peloton holds tribute to Eusebio Garcia Flores, the Civil Guard who died during Monday's stage of the Vuelta a Espana - Prizes from stage 16 to be donated to his family

The peloton on stage nineteen of the 2014 Tour of Spain
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Eusebio Garcia Flores, the Civil Guard who died during Monday’s Vuelta a Espana stage, was paid tribute to before today’s 19th stage.

Prizes from stage 16 have also been donated to Mr Garcia Flores’ family as a mark of respect, at the request of the participating riders and teams.

Before today’s stage in Salvatierra do Mino, the top five riders of the overall standings met the commander of the Civil Guard in a symbolic act.

Britain’s Chris Froome, second in the standings, joined race leader Alberto Contador in paying tribute to the Garcia Flores. Alejandro Valverde, Joaquim Rodriguez and Fabio Aru were also present during the tribute.

Mr Garcia Flores, 41, had been working as a motorcyclist as a member of the traffic guard since 2001 before Monday’s tragic incident.

A statement from the Association of Professional Cyclists read: “The riders, who day after day are exposed to the risks and dangers of cycling, recognize that they are a part of a big family touring the roads every day to the delight of the audience, and today the large touring caravan suffers together.

“On Monday the Vuelta family lost an important member and the riders of the peloton that he was protecting want to recognize his work and dedication. Rest in peace, Eusebio!”

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist magazine in 2017.