Vuelta a España - Sander Armee: I knew I had my chance
Sep 08 2017 12:10 am CET

Vuelta a España - Sander Armee: I knew I had my chance

Sander Armee of Lotto-Soudal took the victory in the 18th stage of the Vuelta a España, having waited for this moment for no less than eight years.

The 31-year-old formed part of a large breakaway and dropped his final companion on the last climb of the day. By doing so, he took his first professional victory ever.

"It's fantastic. It's the best place to win a race and this is already my eighth year as a professional rider, so I had to wait quite a lot of time to get this win," the Belgian said.

"I was close a couple of times and I did my work for the team but for this Vuelta I could put myself into a free role, do my own race. This was the third time I was in the breakaway and I felt really good, better and better during the stage and I knew at the end it would be close, so I went full gas to the finish line.

"On the second climb I already thought about attacking because we got quite a big gap with the peloton but the cooperation wasn't superb. On the second to last climb, (Alexis) Gougeard went and I went with him and I saw we got a gap with the other guys, and then they came back on top of the climb, and we did the downhill at a good speed.

"Then I knew if I would attack on the false flat nobody would come back and then it was just Lutsenko who followed, then (Julian) Alaphilippe and even if he said he didn't have good legs, he is a good finisher. So I attacked a couple more times and then for the last five kilometres it was just the two of us. And I knew I had my chance because I can do well in this kind of finishes. I did my own pace in the last metres."
Photo of Sander Armee by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas



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