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Press Releases | 10.09.2022

Penultimate Vuelta stage: Sergio Higuita animates the break, while Jai Hindley takes fourth

One day before the Vuelta comes to a close, the race went into the mountains for the last time, with the 20th stage posing a real challenge. On the 181 km long route between Moralzarzal and Puerto de Navacerrada in the Sierra de Guadarrama there were five steep climbs and 4000 meters of altitude to be taken on. Right from the get go, attacks came from the peloton until a small break formed on the first climb. A little later, a larger chase group formed, which included Sergio Higuita, but it fell apart somewhat throughout the race. Back in the peloton, which was more than five minutes behind at the halfway point of the race, BORA - hansgrohe took over the pace setting, since L. Meintjes, who was behind Jai Hindley in the GC, was also in the break. In the decisive phase of the race, a chasing group with Sergio managed to catch up with the leaders. With about 15 km to go, R. Carapaz attacked at the front, but Sergio was able to follow. Behind him in the group of favourites there was a flurry of attacks, while just before the top of the last climb the Ecuadorian rode off to take his third stage win. Jai fought his way to a strong 4th place and remains tenth overall ahead of tomorrow's sprint stage.

 

Result

01 R. Carapaz                     4:41:34

02 T. Arensman                        +0:08

03 J. Ayuso                               +0:13

04 J. Hindley                            +0:13

 

From the Finish Line

"It was a really hard day today, but we knew it wouldn't be easy. There were some pretty strong riders in the break, so it was a good group, and I was pleased to have made it into that group. When Meintjes attacked, I tried to follow him along with Carapaz. I stayed with him on the final climb, and we worked together to build up our advantage. When he attacked, I again tried to follow, but he was just too strong. When the GC group caught up, I tried to support Jai to get a good result in the sprint and also to maintain his top 10 in the GC. Honestly, I felt good today, compared to previous days at this Vuelta, so that is a good sign, and I'm pleased with my ride." - Sergio Higuita

"We knew right from the start that the 20th stage would be another really tough one, which could also bring some changes in the general classification. For us it was important to go for a stage win and also secure Jai's tenth place in the GC. Then a situation arose where Meintjes, who was only two minutes behind Jai in the GC, became part of a large breakaway group. We then set the pace with Jonas Koch and Ryan Mullen. Later Matteo Fabbro and Wilco Kelderman took over to keep the gap to the front reasonable. We managed that well. In the race it became more and more difficult from that point onwards. Jai didn't have his best day today, but he managed to finish among the best. He even finished fourth. Sergio also rode strongly but unfortunately just missed the victory. It is a shame of course that he was not rewarded for his strong work. It's a little frustrating regarding the stage win today, because we really came close to it today." - Jens Zemke, Sportlicher Leiter

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