Nicolas Roche has took the overall lead in the Vuelta the Espana after finishing third in the eighth phase.

The actual Irishman, riding regarding Saxo-Tinkoff, started 8 seconds right behind Vincenzo Nibali but vaske away from the Italian language, who is now fourth, to the final rise.

Czech Leopold Konig held off a late rise from Spaniard Daniel Moreno to win the race to Estepona in Andalucia.

Birmingham-born Irishman Dan Martin withdrew from the Vuelta on Saturday morning after crashing on stage 7.

Matn, the Garmin-Sharp team leader, was struggling with concussion after struggling a blow for the head on Friday and messaged: “I hit an opening or rock while driving. Straight down I proceeded to go.

“Nothing broken, but the most painful accident [I’ve] ever endured. Sad to go out of the Vuelta but can’t race using these birds flying round my head. “

Konig, that rides for the new NetApp Endura team, sped away from the race favourites in the last 5km of the 14. 5km-long category one particular climb to the completed.

Katusha’s Moreno led the chase and almost paced his ascent to perfection but completed one second returning to move up to third general.

Roche, the actual son of 1987 Trip de France winner Stephen, led a group of four bikers over the collection, five seconds right after Konig and with the assistance of a time bonus regarding finishing third, took the race lead through 17 secs.

American Chris Horner finished twenty three seconds right behind Konig, and together with Team Sky’s Rigoberto Uran, but retained second place as he was four secs clear of Nibali, who were diagnosed led by 3 seconds immediately.

The spanish language contenders Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez finished together, 19 seconds right behind the stage winner, but they had been eight seconds in front of Nibali, to reduce their deficit for the Italian to 13 secs.

Sunday’s 9th stage is a 163. 7km race from Antequera to Valdepenas de Jaen.

Consequence of stage 8

one
Leopold Koenig (Czech Republic or NetApp) 4: 2009: 46″

second . Daniel Moreno (Spain or Katusha) +1″

4. Nicolas Roche (Ireland or Saxo – Tinkoff) +5″

4.
Thibaut Pinot (France or FDJ. fr)

5. Ivan Basso (Italy or Cannondale)

six. Bart Alle de Clercq (Belgium or Lotto)

several.
Igor Anton (Spain or Euskaltel) +13″

8. Alejandro Valverde (Spain or Movistar) +19″

10. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain or Katusha)

10.
Rigoberto Uran (Colombia or Team Sky) +23″

11.
Bob Horner (U. Ersus. or RadioShack)

12. Rafal Majka (Poland or Saxo – Tinkoff)

13.
Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy or AG2R)

14.
Haimar Zubeldia (Spain or RadioShack)

fifteen.
Sergio Henao (Colombia or Team Sky) +27″

sixteen.
Vincenzo Nibali (Italy or Astana)

General standings after eight levels

one Nicolas Roche (Ireland or Saxo – Tinkoff) thirty-one: 39: 30″

second . Bob Horner (U. Ersus. or RadioShack) +17″

4.
Daniel Moreno (Spain or Katusha)

4. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy or Astana) +18″

5.
Leopold Koenig (Czech Republic or NetApp) +29″

six.
Haimar Zubeldia (Spain or RadioShack) +30″

several.
Alejandro Valverde (Spain or Movistar) +31″

8. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia or Team Sky) +42″

10. Rafal Majka (Poland or Saxo – Tinkoff) +52″

10. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain or Katusha) plus1: 03″