“I have been with my captain - said Andrey Zeits - this has been my task today and will be for all the next stages".
"I tried to close the attackers - he added - to allow Michele Scarponi climbing regular."
The queen stage of this Vuelta, rode in a very hot day with temperature above 30°, was won by Dutchman Robert Gesink, while the Colombian Nairo Quintana has retained leadership in the General Classification.
"The Michele's 9th place in GC - commented sport director Dmitri Sedoun - it's the best we could do today. We even tried to go on the run with Dario Cataldo and I also like to emphasize the excellent performance of Zeist ".
The tomorrow 15th stage has numerous pitfalls from route with several climbs before the final dell'Aramón Formigal 14.5 km long with a maximum gradient of 10%. In addition to the difficulty of the course, the stage will be a good test for measuring the strength of the runners after today climbs with the final Col d'Aubisque.