Waiting for the Sierra de la Pandera
The 13th stage has just finished that the boys are already thinking of tomorrow. The arrival at the Sierra Pandera – 12 km lenght, maximum slope 13% – is one of those that may be decisive for the victory of Vuelta 2017.
“Vincenzo gives us good feelings – says Giovanni Visconti, at his tenth Grand Tour – and this is so much motivated for us. We are a team with many young riders and we are growing together. It’s a very tough Vuelta and it still lacks many race days and we will have to run it intelligently. “
Today in Tomares, few kilometers from Sevilla, the Italian Matteo Trentin won for the third time at this Vuelta after a bunch sprint. For Vincenzo Nibali a good 6th place in the standings, while in GC is always second in 59 down on the leader Chris Froome.
“We were quiet behind Team Sky for almost all stage – comments Antonio Nibali – and in the finale we went to the front to avoid any risks for the captain. As Giovanni said – adds the twenty-five years old rider – me, Ivan Garcia Cortina and Domen Novak are giving our contribution to the team and tomorrow will be the same and we expect another stage with many climbs”.
In fact, in addition to the finish at 1830 meters of Sierra de la Pandera, the peloton will have to face before several climbs including the second category of Alto Valdepenas de Jaén of nearly 10 kilometers. It will be a great show.
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