Davide Formolo and Rafał Majka moving into top ten of La Vuelta a España overall
After yesterday’s team time trial, today the peloton faced the first road stage in this year’s La Vuelta a España. A nearly 200 km long and hilly stage from Benidorm to Calpe with three categorized climbs awaited the riders. With temperatures of more than 30 degrees this stage was going to be very tough.
After around 30 kilometers of racing, a group of four riders formed the day’s break and built up an advantage of around four minutes. The team from Raubling took it easy and stayed in the bunch saving energy for the finale. The quartet was gone for most of the stage and the gap hovered around four minutes.
With 30km to go, the peloton closed the gap while some of the race favorites attacked on the last climb of the day. In the downhill a new group of six riders attacked and opened up a small gap. Rafał Majka and Davide Formolo were able to follow in the first chasing group.
The breakaway managed to hold the gap until the line, and it was N. Quintana who took the win.
BORA - hansgrohe GC contenders Davide Formolo and Rafał Majka crossed the line in the first chasing group and sit now inside the top ten overall of the Vuelta a España.
01 N. Quintana 5:11:17
02 N. Roche +0:05
03 P. Roglic +0:05
16 D. Formolo +0:37
18 R. Majka +0:37
From the Finish Line
“It was a really hot day today, I have to get used the heat but I tried it. As the race headed onto the final climb of the day I thought I will try it but the breakaway was too strong to catch. Rafal and I are inside the Top10, haven’t lost any time so far, and it is still a long way to Madrid.” – Davide Formolo
“Well, it was maybe not the day we planned. The heat and also the hectic start made the race hard. On the final climb we had Rafal and Davide, our two GC contenders, at the front and as the new breakaway attacked, they were only some seconds behind. Both are now sitting inside the Top Ten, but everything is still possible. However, all in all maybe not a day we hoped for but we limited the time losses and tomorrow will be another chance.” – Patxi Vila, Sports Director