On the final climb - Frank Schleck goes for glory.
Frank Schleck put in an exceptional effort to win the Queen Stage - seven categorized climbs with a hell of a steep summit finish. The final climb was the Ermita de Alba, 6.8km at 11.1% max 22%!
In my opinion, there were two winners; Frank Schleck and Tom Dumoulin. The losers: everyone else.
Dumoulin lost only 28 seconds on the day, a remarkable performance letting his adversaries know that he refuses to go away. Now, he'll only have to make up 1:51 during Wednesday's TT. He's in the driver seat because both Aru and Rodriguez are not gifted time trialists. The Dutchman is certainly capable, winning the bronze in last year's World Championships.
It was a long time coming for Schleck, his first Grand Tour win since a stage in the 2009 Tour de France.
Purito Rodriguez takes the red jersey over Fabio Aru. But, after Wednesday's TT I predict a new twist is in store to this exciting Vuelta!