Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took his second win of La Vuelta ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) was third.
Stage 8 was another day marked for the sprinters, with the stage containing only one category three climb, even though the stage was pretty lumpy. As soon as racing got under way in Linares, a break of three riders made it away, and enjoyed the majority of the day in the front.
They were brought back with 6km of racing left. The final 2km to the finish line had a 4% incline, and the final kilometre was very technical. The final roundabout was very sharp and the riders who were at the front had the best chance of contesting the sprint. Ryan Gibbons in an advantageous position heading into the final run-in and did not have the opportunity to battle it out in the sprint. Valverde beat Sagan to the finish line, taking his second stage win of La Vuelta.
Louis Meintjes finished safely in the first group with Ryan Gibbons, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Merhawi Kudus and Ben King. Meintjes maintained his position of 25th on the GC.
Bingen Fernandez- Sports Director
“Today was a very difficult stage, made more difficult by the fact that the break got such a big time gap. You could see by how small the group was at the finish, that it was a tough day out. Our first objective for the day was to ensure Louis finished in the front group which we achieved today. Ben, Ryan, Mera and Amanuel were all in that reduced front group too so we can say it was a solid day out for us in the end.”