Wout Poels wins and leads in Vuelta a Andalucia
Feb 15 2018 11:48 pm CET

Wout Poels wins and leads in Vuelta a Andalucia
Wout Poels wins and leads in Vuelta a Andalucia
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Team Sky's Wout Poels has won the Queen stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia/Ruta del Sol. The Dutchman reached the uphill finish just ahead of Luis Leon Sanchez and Tim Wellens.

The Queen stage of the Spanish race was 140 kilometres long between Otura and La Guardia de Jaen/Alto de Allanadas. After several attempts, nine riders managed to break away from the peloton: Alvaro Cuadros (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Delko Marseille), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale), Pascal Eenkhoorn (LottoNL-Jumbo), Diego Rubio (Burgos BH), Aaron Verwilst (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Sho Hatsuyama (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Jeroen Meijers (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) and Enrique Sanz (Euskadi) got an advantage of more than seven minutes over the peloton.

As the climbs went by, the front group grew slimmer until only Eenkhoorn, Rubio and Gougeard remained. A peloton led by Movistar and Astana worked hard behind them to reduce the gap as soon as possible.

With eight kilometres to go, Eenkhoorn couldn't resist the pace of his companions and left the duo riding in front on their own. At five kilometres from the end, Rubio increased the pace and left Gougeard behind.

Close to the two-kilometre mark, Astana's Jakob Fuglsang attacked and got some metres away from the favourites' group and was soon caught by a group that included riders like Mikel Landa (Movistar), Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Wout Poels and Chris Froome (Sky).

Wellens attacked with one kilometre to go but was caught by the Astana riders and Poels, who launched a last meter attack and got the stage victory. Sanchez, Wellens, Landa and Fuglsang completed the top five of the day.

Froome, who had won this same stage in 2015, finished in 7th position.

The Dutchman also jumps into first position of the overall classification.






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