Lotto Soudal took part in two races today: Stage 15 of La Vuelta and Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain.

In Spain, there was a short, but challenging, stage on the menu. The 129 kilometres course featured two first category climbs, followed by the Alto Hoya de la Mora, a hors catégorie climb whose summit hosted today’s finish. The battle to get into the breakaway started at kilometre zero but it took more than thirty kilometres before three riders managed to go clear. Oliveira, Perez and Rossetto were later joined by Sander Armée, Mas Bonet, Theuns, Trentin and Van Asbroeck. Rossetto attacked on the Alto de Hazallanas and Sander Armée quickly closed the gap. The Belgian then dropped the Cofidis rider and crossed the summit in first place, consequently taking ten points for the KOM classification. Armée stayed alone at the front for almost twenty-five kilometres but he was caught by the chasing group at the bottom of the Alto del Purche, less than thirty kilometres from the finish. Sander Armée was then unable to match their pace and was soon reeled in by the peloton. The Belgian was afterwards awarded the prize for today’s most combative rider.

 Adam Yates went clear on the last climb, but López was clearly the strongest today and the Astana rider dropped his fellow chasers with five kilometres to go. The Colombian quickly caught Yates and left him behind. López soloed to his second stage win in this year’s Vuelta. Froome remains at the top of the overall standings.

 Lotto Soudal was also in action in the first stage of the Tour of Britain, which started in Edinburgh. Despite a rather hilly profile, the stage belonged to the sprinters. Eight riders went clear right after the start, but the peloton was immediately controlled by Orica-Scott, Quick-Step Floors and Team Sky and the breakaway never managed to build a big advantage. BMC picked up the pace at the front of the peloton with sixty kilometres to go. Their move split the peloton into two groups and the last riders at the front were reeled in with twenty-five kilometres to go. As expected, the first stage of this Tour of Britain ended in a bunch sprint. Caleb Ewan crossed the line in first place, ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen and Elia Viviani. The Australian consequently becomes the first race leader. Nikolas Maes finished the stage in eighth place.