Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche: Last night I said to Sam 'Man, you need to win tomorrow'
Aug 27 2019 01:19 am CET

Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche: Last night I said to Sam 'Man, you need to win tomorrow'
Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche: Last night I said to Sam 'Man, you need to win tomorrow'
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Team Sunweb's Nicolas Roche has kept the Red Jersey of the Vuelta a España for one more day after he finished the third stage with the peloton.

It was the first day of Roche riding on the Red Jersey and despite the challenges of the day, his team managed to protect him and take him to the finish line with the rest of the pack. It was the first time in the history of the Vuelta a España that an Irish man wins a stage at the same time that another is leading the General Classification of the race.

"Today has been more stressful than we thought," said the rider. "The team did a great job on keeping ourselves at the front. The unexpected came with 50km to go, with teams trying to put us under pressure. It was a fast finish, so it was important to be on your toes for the final kilometres. It’s quite special (to have another Irish win the stage with Sam Bennett).

"Last night, Sam sent me a text and I said: 'Man, you need to win tomorrow.' We spoke about it today, that in social media there was some buzz about him winning while I was in Red. I’m really happy for him. He was under a lot of pressure to get a stage win and he’s done it. And I’m happy for myself to be able to keep the jersey. We have a similar scenario tomorrow and I have two favourites: Sam and Max (Walscheid). Im taking things day by day and I’m here to support Wilco Kelderman for GC as he is in a great condition.”




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