Tejay Van Garderen (BMC), 2nd on GC at La Vuelta 2017: “You never know on days like today. I think Sky was happy to let the bonus slip away, because we were just 2 seconds behind the leader's jersey. It's not a big surprise, but it would have been different if we had fought for the stage win. We just wanted to stay safe. Rohan (Dennis) and Fran (Ventoso) fought hard to leave us in the front. Coming into the climb, I was in a good position and we could save energy in the first couple of km, not having to move up. It's a pity to slip it up a bit in the final, but I know I'm there to keep it up day by day. We are heading into the right direction.”
Van Garderen: “It's a pity to slip it up a bit in the final”
interview23.08.2017Stage 5- Benicàssim / Alcossebre
Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) enjoyed the first summit finish of La Vuelta 2017 to win his first Grand Tour stage, on Wednesday at Alcossebre. The Kazakh rider attacked from the gun and dominated his breakaway companions for a brilliant solo win ahead of Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data). He succeeds to Alexandre Vinokourov, winner of three stages at La Vuelta in 2006. Among the GC contenders, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was the first at the summit, just ahead of Chris Froome (Team Sky), who...
Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), leader of the KOM classification of La Vuelta 2017: “Today's goal was to get in the break and score as many points as possible, and I did it. Then I came a bit short in the final. But I succeeded with my first goal. I'll keep racing La Vuelta this way. I like the climbers jersey in any race but it's even more prestigious at La Vuelta because it's a climbers race. So I'm delighted to wear it and fight for it. I wouldn't say I'm a great climber but being...
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