La Vuelta – ST5
La Vuelta a España
August 24th – September 15th
WEDNESDAY, 28 AUG 2019
L’Eliana > Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre 170.7km. Summit finish
The first summit finish of the race hurts. It was the first climbing test of this year’s edition of the race and much-awaited to see a first GC contenders’ battle.
A three-man breakaway succeeded in staying away and leading home the win. In fact, Lopez attacked on the final climb, but it was too late to catch the escapees. Madrazo claimed the victory and the Colombian rider got back the leader’s jersey.
Team Bahrain Merida best-placed riders were Hermann Pernsteiner and Dylan Teuns, who finished 3’54” and 3’58” behind the winner. Mark Padun dropped on the final climb and finished with a gap of 4’51”. “I expected much more from myself” the young Ukrainian rider explains “The form is good, but I couldn’t do more than this today. I would like to say thank you to all my teammates because when I dropped they helped me. Pernsteiner waited for me and I could retrieve some places. Phil Bauhaus crashed due to contact with his teammate Luka Pibernik: “I’m so sorry for that. He had just brought the bidons and we touched a bit. I was lucky that nothing happened to me. I’m sorry also for the other guys involved”.
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