Vuelta a Espana - Stage 16 » Laredo › Santa Cruz de Bezana, 180km

The INEOS Grenadiers stuck together to safely tick off the 16th stage at La Vuelta ahead of a tough pair of mountain tests.
 
With summit finishes on Wednesday and Thursday set to shape the GC in the final week of the race, both Egan Bernal and Adam Yates were well protected by their teammates. A day for the sprinters culminated in the expected bunch kick, with the pair crossing the line to remain seventh and eighth respectively. 
 
The infamous Lagos de Covadonga finish, followed 24 hours later by the brutal slopes of the Altu d’El Gamoniteiru, will give Bernal and Yates a platform to hopefully climb the general classification.
 
Tuesday’s finale saw Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) secure his third stage victory of the race so far, with Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarche-Wanty) retaining the red jersey.
 
The Grenadiers were also in action on the second stage of the Benelux Tour, with Geraint Thomas leading the team home on the day, finishing 45th in the time trial test.
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- Egan Bernal

"It will be really difficult to take three minutes on Roglic. I just want to enjoy it. I’ve got nothing to lose. If I have the legs I will try to move, just to enjoy the race. We will see how we are, how the feelings are, and how Adam is feeling. We need to see if we move or not. It would be nice to go there and empty the tank.
 
"Everything can happen. With one good day you can do something interesting. If there are big moves in the first climbs maybe there can be something good. I think (the GC) could change a lot actually. It depends how you race the climbs. You can see there are three big climbs, but if you wait and wait then you have less kilometres of climbing. I think if you want to do something then tomorrow is the day."
Overall standings 

1. Odd Christian Eiking (Intermarche-Wanty) 64:06:47
2. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) +54"
3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +1:36"
4. Enric Mas (Movistar) +2:11"
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar) +3:04"
7. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +4:21''
8. Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) +4:34"