Chris Froome recovered from a small crash late on stage eight at the Giro d'Italia to retain his time gap to race leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).
The bonus seconds earned by stage winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar), after a perfectly-timed late attack, mean Froome drops to ninth overall, while Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) sprinted to third to reduce his time deficit to Yates in the only other general classification change.
Speaking to TeamSky.com Froome praised his teammates, who expertly guided him back to the pack.
He said: “The guys were fantastic. They helped me get straight back into the race - and straight back to the front of the race - within a kilometre.
“It’s never much fun crashing in the final of a race, especially on a hilltop finish, but the roads were really slippery and I just lost my back wheel when I went over a white line accelerating out of the corner.
De La Cruz was well-placed to aid Froome at the end and he told Eurosport that he was encouraged by how the team rallied after a tough opening week at the Giro d'Italia.
He said: "It was a nasty climb and every corner was really slippery, he had bad luck and he crashed. But as a team we worked well, we brought him back to the front and we made it so we can fight another day.
Eventually Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Fix All), Davide Villella (Astana), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale), Rodolfo Torres (Androni Giocattoli), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Koen Bouwman (LottoNL-Jumbo), and Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) all escaped and stayed clear for most of the day.
1. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) 5:11:35
2. Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) +7"
3. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) s.t.
4. Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) s.t.
5. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) s.t.
22. Chris Froome (Team Sky) s.t.
4. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) +41”