Spanish stage race reduced to single 5km time trial due to farmer protests

The five-day Ruta del Sol was won by Maxim van Gils on Friday, beating Juan Ayuso

Spanish farmers protest in Andalucia
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When is a stage race not a stage race? Well, when it is reduced to just one day. That is what has happened at the Vuelta a Andalucía 'Ruta del Sol' this week, with Spanish protests meaning four out of the five stages will not go ahead.

Maxim van Gils of Lotto-Dsnty triumphed on Friday, beating Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) by 10 seconds after the 4.95km time trial. It's an odd way to win a stage race.

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