Stage winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar) powered up the final climb to Lagos de Covadonga to regain the overall race lead, but large scuffs on his back showed that the Colombian had been caught in a crash earlier in the day.
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Other riders were not so fortunate. Trek-Segafredo’s Markel Irizar was involved in an incident, landing heavily on his face. He broke three teeth and was taken to hospital for examination and overnight observation. Thankfully, the team reports that he suffered no fractures.
Bartosz Huzarski (Bora-Argon18) also suffered several injuries as a result of a crash, fracturing his collarbone and abandoning the race.
Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) also injured himself in a crash, although he remounted and continued his record-breaking 16th consecutive Grand Tour outing to finish the stage. The Australian later posted a photo of himself on Twitter, saying “I can really use the term ‘kissed the ground today’. Someone tell me why they decided to have a group hug session mid-race?”.
The riders will have a chance to recover from any injuries on Tuesday, as the race enjoys its first rest day after 10 days of action.
Quintana leads the race overall, 57 seconds ahead of Movistar team-mate Alejandro Valverde and 58 seconds ahead of third-placed Chris Froome (Sky).
The racing resumes on Wednesday, with stage 11. The stage runs from Museo Jurásico to Peña Cabarga and finishes with a first category climb to once again test the general classification men.