Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche: I’d like to keep the Red Jersey for more than a day this time
Aug 26 2019 06:39 am CET

Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche: I’d like to keep the Red Jersey for more than a day this time
Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche: I’d like to keep the Red Jersey for more than a day this time
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Team Sunweb's Nicolas Roche has climbed to the top of the General Classification after finishing in the second position of the second stage at the Vuelta a España.

The Irishman crossed the finish line in Calpe in the second position, five seconds after the day's winner Nairo Quintana. The rider started the stage five seconds behind the leader of the race and with the second place and the bonuses seconds climbed to the top of GC where he sits two seconds ahead of the Colombian of Movistar.

"Did I expect to get the red jersey again six years later? Yes and no," the Irishman commented. "When you race a Grand Tour, you have it in the back of the mind that maybe it can happen. I didn’t expect to have it today but last night, we were so close on GC and I received text messages from friends telling me everything was possible. I thought maybe it could happen in the next few days with a bonus sprint or something like that.

"I didn’t expect to do it the way it happened today but I’m more than happy. When they told me, I was speechless. Quintana rode very well. The guy on his wheel looked behind, there was a moment of cat and mouse. Two seconds of hesitation and he was gone. The last time, I only kept the red jersey for one day and Dani Moreno took it for one second on a mountain top finish. I’d like to keep if for more than a day this time so I’ll have an eye on Nairo, let’s see if he wants to go for time bonuses..."







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