Late attack gives Felix Grossschartner victory of first stage at Vuelta a Burgos
Jul 28 2020 10:50 pm CET

Late attack gives Felix Grossschartner victory of first stage at Vuelta a Burgos
Late attack gives Felix Grossschartner victory of first stage at Vuelta a Burgos
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe's Felix Grossschartner has taken the victory of the first stage at the Vuelta a Burgos.

The first stage of the Spanish race -the first big stage competition in the revamped UCI calendar- was 157 kilometres long in the city of Burgos, with a finish on the third category climb of the Alto del Castillo. Four men formed an early escape, and they managed to create a gap of more than three minutes with the pack.

With a bit more of 50 kilometres to go, there was a crash in the peloton that particularly affected Sebastian Henao (Ineos) and Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma), who had to be taken away by ambulance. The peloton got closer to the escapees with a bit more than 30km to go, and Deceuninck-Quick-Step took advantage of the wind and set a high pace that allowed Remco Evenepoel to escape on his own.

The Belgian continued for a few kilometres riding in front, but soon gave up on his efforts and was caught by the rest. A compacted pack arrived to the penultimate climb and Ineos set a high pace to try to lose as many riders in the back as possible and was soon joined by Mitchelton-Scott and CCC, but soon the pack got back together.

Felix Grossschartner (Bora-hansgrohe) attacked on the last climb and managed to create a gap big enough to take the victory of the stage. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) completed the top three of the day.

The Austrian rider also took the lead of the General Classification.






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