Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche: I know it is going to be very difficult to keep the red jersey
Aug 28 2019 05:43 am CET

Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche:  I know it is going to be very difficult to keep the red jersey
Vuelta a España - Nicolas Roche:  I know it is going to be very difficult to keep the red jersey
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Team Sunweb's Nicolas Roche has retained the lead of the General Classification of the Vuelta a España for one more day after finishing the fourth stage with the bunch.

This is the third time that the Irishman climbs to the podium at the end of the stage to put on the Red Jersey at the Spanish grand tour. The rider was protected by his team throughout the fourth stage of the race and crossed the finish line with the peloton, maintaining his lead in the overall classification.

"Last time I kept La Roja for only one day so I’m happy to do more this time," Roche said at the end of the day. "In the first part of the race, I actually was able to enjoy wearing it. It was more relaxed than yesterday and I was able to chat with some friends in the bunch. Then obviously coming into the last kilometres it was more stressful and I had to make sure we were out of trouble.

"Tomorrow will be a completely different scenario. I expect fireworks from the Colombian riders. I know it is going to be very difficult to keep the red jersey, it might be very ambitious to aim at doing so, but I am going to do my best and fight until the last meter. The team is feeling on a high spirit and I believe it will remain like that in the next days whether I keep the jersey or not."







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