Vuelta a España - David de la Cruz: I didn't think it was right to attack when Froome crashed
Aug 31 2017 06:47 pm CET

Vuelta a España - David de la Cruz: I didn't think it was right to attack when Froome crashed

Quick-Step rider David de la Cruz refused to attack in the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España, after hearing that race leader Chris Froome had crashed.

The Spaniard had originally intended to try his luck but instead decided to hold back.

"I didn't profit from anything that happened," the Spaniard told COPE radio. "At the end I wanted to try in the final part at the steep bit but I heard that the leader crashed and I didn't think it was right to attack at that moment.

"The bad part of the day was that a dangerous rider like Alberto (Contador) could win back 20 seconds. But the race is long and that's it. The problem is that Alberto is a very dangerous rider. He takes back seconds every day and one day he will break the race again."

De la Cruz believes that respect is vital in the peloton, despite much debate in recent month about the so-called 'unspoken rules'.

"I didn't think it was correct to attack at the same moment that he crashed. In the end, all the things go back to you and I think that you have to respect the rivals. But each rider has his own tactics and I respect the tactics of everybody."
Photo of David de la Cruz by Quick-Step Floors





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