Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche: My legs were like two blocks of cement
Aug 30 2017 09:02 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche: My legs were like two blocks of cement
Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche: My legs were like two blocks of cement
Photo of Nicolas Roche © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

BMC Racing Team's Nicolas Roche dropped from second to eighth place after a difficult day in the Vuelta a España.

Roche was dropped on the final climb of the day and ended up losing just over four minutes on race leader Chris Froome of Team Sky.

"There was obviously some very hard racing from the gun, as we expected," the Irishman said. "Today I knew that if the rain was gonna continue like that it was always gonna be a tough day. It was probably unfortunate that I know myself so well.

"But I always tried to ride in the front, even on the first climb when I was already struggling. I fought to stay as much as I could in the front part of the group. But then when we reached the last climb and the pace went up, my legs were like two blocks of cement. So I just had to kind of limit my losses.

Obviously it's quite disappointing but that's a bike race. Unfortunately it's happened to me before, also in the Vuelta in 2013 but then I lost six minutes so in the end four minutes is maybe not too bad."

Roche expects that the weekend will bring more hard and aggressive racing, when the Vuelta arrives to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in southern Spain.

"Coming into the weekend, the stages in Jaen and the Sierra Nevada, it's gonna be really tough. Stage 15 is probably, with today, the queen stage of the race."




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