Another demanding stage awaited the peloton on the third stage of the Vuelta a Andalucía today. The stage took the riders from Jáen to Ubeda over almost 177 kilometers and featured five climbs, two of which were category one ascents.
Like in the previous days, some riders escaped and the peloton gave them some minutes advantage, knowing it would be all back together on the last two ascents of the day, the Puerto de Magina and the Puerto de Baeza climb. Therefore, Astana stayed in the peloton and controlled the race, helping their leader Jakob Fuglsang to secure the lead of the overall classification heading into tomorrow’s penultimate stage.
As expected the escapees were caught as the race headed onto the last tricky ascent. The Kazakh team brought their leader Jakob Fuglsang into position. Jakob Fuglsang saw himself surrounded by all the other favorite, battling for a stage win as the riders tackled the road up to Ubeda, a narrow road with some tricky corners. In a moment of confusion, Jakob chose the perfect line and streaked to his second stage win in Andalucía. By taking yet another impressive stage win, the Danish rider was able to open up a gap of 14 seconds over the second in the overall.
-The first two hours of the race were really hard but my teammates did an amazing job working for me all day and after following all of the moves at the end, I used the last corner as my opportunity to go for the win. I looked at the road book this morning and I knew that if I wanted to go for the victory, it would be really important to be in the right position at that point.
Tomorrow will be another tough day but once again, I hope to defend the yellow jersey. Of course, we have a lot of teams here who are looking to make the race hard but so far, my team has been fantastic. Thinking ahead to Sunday, the TT looks difficult but if I have a little bit of an advantage, I think it could suit me. – said a happy Jakob Fuglsang after his second stage win.
-We are really happy. The team was amazing today, pulled all day long and was able to bridge across to the breakaway. In the finale, they brought Jakob perfectly into position and he finished it off with a fantastic stage win. We took a closer look at the finish in the morning and knew how the road and corners would be. Only two days to go, the moral in the team is still very good, everyone is working together and the team is motivated but tomorrow will be another hard stage, where we have to be concentrated. – Alexandr Shefer, Sports Director
Tomorrow, the penultimate stage of the Ruta del Sol, will cover 125 kilometers with three ascents. The race will start in Villanueva Mesia and finish in Granada.
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