Vuelta a España - Ángel Madrazo: Grand Tours need teams like us
Aug 29 2019 04:23 am CET

Vuelta a España - Ángel Madrazo: Grand Tours need teams like us
Vuelta a España - Ángel Madrazo: Grand Tours need teams like us
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Ángel Madrazo (Burgos BH) has taken the biggest victory of his career at the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España.

The Spaniard was part of the breakaway of the day and although he was left behind by his escape companions on several occasions, he always returned to them. When it seemed like the stage was going to be contested between Jetse Bol and José Herrada, Madrazo returned in the last kilometre, overtook them and took a solo victory in the mountain finish of Javalambre.

"To win here is one of the biggest achievements as a cyclist and for me, it’s become a dream come true," said the Spaniard after the finish line. "With 50km, Herrada pushed in a climb and I was dropped. I was able to come back thanks to my mate Jetse Bol. The team was telling me to save energy for tomorrow, for the mountain points... And I told them: ‘No, no, we need to go for it, we can’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today.’

"When I came back in the last kilometre, I saw José was faltering and I accelerated for Jetse... And in the end, I was the winner! The polka-dot jersey has helped me. I was going for the KOM points. And when we saw the gaps, I told the team we had to keep pushing. Grand Tours need teams like us who are ready to kill themselves on flat and mountain days to appear on TV."




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