Primoz Roglic picked himself up from a crash and worked his way back into the peloton to take another big stride towards winning the Vuelta.
Sergio Higuita's first stage win in a Grand Tour event on Thursday also saw Primoz Roglic build on his lead in the overall standings.
Nairo Quintana jumped from sixth to second in the general classification as Philippe Gilbert took his second stage win of the 2019 Vuelta.
Primoz Roglic is staying with Jumbo-Visma for the next four years - and Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong helped the team reveal their big news.
Alejandro Valverde needs a storming final five days in La Vuelta to overtake red jersey holder Primoz Roglic as the race nears its climax.
A day of fractured, furious racing saw Jakob Fuglsang celebrate a Vuelta a Espana victory but Primoz Roglic moved further clear in front.
Primoz Roglic kept Alejandro Valverde at arm's length in the charge for La Roja, as Sepp Kuss triumphed in stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana.
Primoz Roglic, Alejandro Valverde and Tadej Pogacar appeared to escape a late crash largely unscathed, as Sam Bennett sprinted to victory.
Tadej Pogacar does not consider himself a challenger for the Vuelta a Espana title, which Primoz Roglic improved his chances of claiming.
There was no change at the top of the general classification as Philippe Gilbert took his 10th stage win at Grand Tours.