Miguel Angel Lopez, the young climber of the Astana Pro Team, crossed all alone the finish line of the stage 11 with the arms in the air.
It was a very difficult stage, characterized by the bad weather with rain and low temperatures.
The stage has been very selective since the first flat part with a very high rhythm.
The attacks arrived on the last climb to Calar Alto, around 15 km to go.
Miguel Angel Lopez was very smart to wait for the perfect moment to attack, around 1 km to go, and no one was ready to react. Thanks to today’s victory, Lopez conquered the 10th position in the GC at 4:11.
Not the best day for our Fabio Aru who suffered a bit the rain and the low temperatures, despite this he kept his 7th position in the GC, even if the gap from the leader has increased to 2:57.
“I’m so happy about this victory because it come after a very difficult period, after my injuries – said a very happy Miguel Angel Lopez – the stage has been very difficult with the rain and the cold… at least on the final climb I still had some energies and I waited for the right moment to attack.”
“It was a very good victory even because is the second for us in this Vuelta and today is also a very important day for Kazakhstan: have the Astana jersey as first on the finish line in the Kazakh Constitution Day add much value to this result” concluded the Colombian.
Tomorrow, 12th stage from Motril to Antequera Los Dolmenes, 160.1 km, 2522 meters of positive drop, most of which concentrated in the second half it could be a stage for the breakaway.