Jesus Herrada soars into lead at the Vuelta a Espana

Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) puts on the Vuelta's red jersey after stage 12

The 2018 Vuelta a España 's lead switched onto a fifth rider's shoulders on Thursday, as breakaway rider Jesus Herrada ( Cofidis ) took over from Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) at the top of the Spanish Grand Tour's GC. Herrada, whose older brother Jose also rides for Cofidis and who is racing the Vuelta, too, was the best placed rider on GC in an 18-man breakaway that gained more than 12 minute on the main peloton at one point on stage 12's hilly trek across northern Galicia. Sixteenth on the finishing line, Herrada's advantage allows the 28-year-old Spaniard to move into the lead by more than three minutes on Yates. And although Jesus Herrada is not considered a pre-race GC favourite, it may well prove no easy task to oust this talented all-rounder and former double road race national champion from the Vuelta's top spot overall. Herrada, who left ...

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