“In these stages we have to be close to our captain”
“It was not a day for a breakaway – explains Antonio Nibali – the race tactic was to be as close to Vincenzo as possible. The first time we went up toward the finish line I was with the main group, then during the second lap I finished my job and I went up calmly. “
“Until now – adds the young Italian rider – I’m happy with my Vuelta. I suffered as expected in the early stages, but now I seem to have a good race pace and a good physical condition. “
Today’s stage, with the arrival at Alto de Puig Llorença, saw the success of British Chris Froome, thus consolidating his GC leadership. In a race finale not much suited for his features, our captain Vincenzo Nibali lost a few seconds while keeping his 4th place in the standing with 1.17 down on race leader.
“It was a foreseeable result – comments SD Alberto Volpi – it’s clear that the riders who made the Tour de France have a better condition. Vincenzo has defended himself very well and from Tuesday he will begin to find better climbs for him “.
Tomorrow at Vuelta will be a rest day. It will resume on Tuesday with the 10th stage of 165 kilometers with the Collado Bermejo climb of almost 8 kilometers and a maximum slope of 8.5%.
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