"I know the final climb - said Michele Scarponi on the eve of the “queen stage” of the Vuelta a Burgos - last year I finished second and the sensations are good."
"It 'a tough stage with many ascents - he added - and anything can happen. Certainly me and Dario Cataldo are in a good shape and we will try to win. "
Today's stage was won by Australian Nathan Haas, while the leader's jersey was won by Belgian Gianni Meersman because of better placing. In the overall standings, Dmitri Gruzdev was second with the same time the leader, followed by his two teammates Cataldo and Scarponi.
Astana Pro Team confirmed its first place in the team standings.
Tomorrow fifth and final stage of this edition. The 163 km from Caleruega to Lagunas de Neila will decide the winner of the Vuelta a Burgos. "There is no tactic to do - said sport director Giuseppe Martinelli - the last climb to be repeated twice (7 km long with a maximum gradient of 12%) will tell who is the strongest. Surely our runner are well and will be protagonists ".