Dani Moreno of the WorldTour squad Katusha Team took a dramatic win on stage 9 from Antequera to Valdepeñas de Jaén in the Vuelta a España on Sunday. 2013 Flèche Wallone winner Moreno attacked in the final kilometer on a steep ramp in the village of Valdepeñas de Jaén to win the stage.
Moreno’s brilliant attack on his Canyon Aeroad CF also carried him into the race lead. He now has a one second lead over Ireland’s Nicolas Roche. This was Moreno’s second victory at the Vuelta following his win at Fisterra last Tuesday.
“Winning my second stage and becoming the race leader as well is huge and even more so after having achieved it at a finish like this, which is so spectacular. But I am not going to be challenging for the Vuelta win, as Katusha Team knows who our team leader is – that is Purito Rodriguez”, Moreno explained post-stage. “There is always joy when either one of us wins,” Moreno told Spanish television after his win. “Purito and I spoke and we knew what we were going to do today. The intention has always been to slowly but surely make up time on the leaders for Purito. The three weeks in the Vuelta a España are very long and I am extremely happy to be the leader today even if it is by just a second.” Monday’s difficult 186.8km Stage 10 from Torredelcampo finishes at the top of the Alto Hazallanas, a very steep 7 km ascent, where the first 5 km has an average gradient of 11%.