La Vuelta – ST7
La Vuelta a España
August 24th – September 15th
FRIDAY, 30 AUG 2019
Onda > Mas de la Costa, 183.2km. Summit finish
Team Bahrain Merida spent just one day wearing the leader’s jersey. In fact, Dylan Teuns couldn’t defend La Roja on today’s tough stage and the day in red was not at all an easy one for him.
“I tried to enjoy, but it was not an easy one. They made it pretty hard from the beginning” the Belgian rider explains exhausted after the brutal summit finish “When Movistar decided to take over the lead of the bunch, I knew already that it would have been a hard day. The penultimate climb was a bit too long for me. I gave everything, but I exploded. I paid also yesterday’s effort maybe. All small things that prevented me to stay with the first group. Tomorrow I will take an easier day and then let’s see”.
Miguel Angel Lopez moved back in red again, after finishing in 3rd place, 6 seconds behind the winner the World Champion Valverde. Team Bahrain Merida best-placed rider was Hermann Pernsteiner, who showed his climbing skills taking a good 11th place (+1’25”): “It was a really hard stage. A fast start. The team did a great job, but on the penultimate climb Movistar made a really hard pace and Dylan dropped there. He told me that he couldn’t retrieve and that I can stay in front. I had good legs and the last climb was very steep. I think I can be happy with my result and I’m optimistic about the next mountain stages”.
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