Vuelta a España - David de la Cruz: Today was a missed opportunity
Aug 22 2017 12:03 am CET

Vuelta a España - David de la Cruz: Today was a missed opportunity

Spanish rider David de la Cruz of Quick-Step Floors believes he missed a big opportunity after finishing second in the third stage of the Vuelta a España.

De la Cruz bridged the gap to a front group with Team Sky's Chris Froome in the last kilometer and ended up sprinting to second place behind Bahrain-Merida leader Vincenzo Nibali and ahead of Froome.

If De la Cruz had won the stage, he would have taken the Red Jersey rather than Froome, who now leads the classification by two seconds.

"I have mixed feelings. On one side I'm happy because we have survived a complicated day, but on the other side I'm sad because I couldn't get the victory," said the rider at the end of the stage.

"I started the sprint badly and the best man won, I won't give any excuses. I also feel bad about not taking the victory and leading the General Classification. Yesterday I lost some seconds that I knew were going to be valuable."

De la Cruz realizes that there is still plenty of time left to make amends for the missed chance.

"The Vuelta is long, and we will have to see how the days go and today was a missed opportunity. Because it was my dream to be the leader today and wear the Red Jersey tomorrow in Catalonia, but it was not possible.

"We tried and the team was great once again. The team has started the Vuelta in a good way. Every stage is a world, and we have to see how everything evolves. For now, I keep this, the good sensations that I have every stage and will wait and see how I continue to feel."
Photo of David de la Cruz by Quick-Step Floors





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