La Vuelta: Mark Padun is 5th on stage 15
Santuario del Acebo (Spain), September 8th– Strong performance from Mark Padun on a very tough day at La Vuelta a España. The Ukrainian rider was in the daily breakaway and managed to take a top-five place, finishing 1’49” behind the winner Sepp Kuss (Jumbo Visma).
Today’s stage featured no less than four category 1 climbs, including the summit finish. Therefore, a big day in the mountains and the showdown of the overall contenders was expected. Mark Padun was amongst the first attackers of the day, a 5-man group that went clear after 10km. A group that was destined to increase and in fact, 17 men were at the front with 100km to go.
“We were a good group and above all a big one. We worked well together, but maybe we could do better” Padun explained “The plan was to try to join the break and I managed to do it, then I had good legs, but not good enough to win. I’m happy with my result anyway”.
The final steep ascent was decisive: the breakaway split, but only the attack from Kuss revealed to be the good one. He went with 6.6km to go and anybody could catch him. Mark Padun was amongst the few of the escapees to resist on such a tough climb and he took a well-deserved 5th place.
Team Bahrain Merida put another rider in the top twenty of this hard stage: Hermann Pernsteiner who also moved up to 10th place overall, while Dylan Teuns dropped to 13th. The Belgian rider still had some pain after yesterday’s crash and couldn’t stay in the GC rider group: “With the sour knee it was very difficult to compete with the best riders”.
Before the second rest day of La Vuelta, riders still have to tackle on another demanding day in the mountains.
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