Vuelta a España stage 6 reactions: Miguel Ángel Lopez, Ángel Madrazo, Alejandro Valverde, Dorian Godon
Aug 30 2019 05:19 am CET

Vuelta a España stage 6 reactions: Miguel Ángel Lopez, Ángel Madrazo, Alejandro Valverde, Dorian Godon
Vuelta a España stage 6 reactions: Miguel Ángel Lopez, Ángel Madrazo, Alejandro Valverde, Dorian Godon
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In the second mountain finish of the 2019 Vuelta a España, Jesús Herrada took the win, Dylan Teuns got the Red Jersey and the favourites arrived in a compact group. Miguel Ángel Lopez, Angel Madrazo -leader of the Mountain Classification, Alejandro Valverde and Dorian Godon shared their thoughts after the finish line.

Miguel Ángel Lopez (Astana)

"I don’t think that happened something special. Of course, would be nice to continue wearing the red jersey, but this is just the first week of the race and we have to be pragmatic, thinking about the next hard days and weeks. The team worked well during the whole day and we had to control the race as everyone expected from us to be in front and leading the bunch. After a lot of action, in the beginning, a very strong breakaway went away. My teammates tried to control it, but at the end of the day we would have to spend too much energy, chasing it, so we decided to continue at a pace, which suited us. We still have two very tough stages at the end of the week, so let’s see, what will happen there. I felt good today, the team kept me always in front, so, in general, we spent a good day. It is a pity that I lost the red jersey, but I am still in the white jersey and I am still in a position to continue fighting for the best possible result in this Vuelta."

Ángel Madrazo (Burgos BH)

"This blue polka-dot jersey gives extra power. I felt strong today. Notwithstanding, the team told me not to go in the break. They said it was better I stayed in the grupetto to rest a bit thinking of coming days which can be key for the Mountains classification. Therefore, it’s been a relaxed stage for me. One can’t be in the mix every day. Tomorrow it’s a complicated day for climbers like me to catch the break because the starting kilometres are quite fast. But, anyway, I think it can be a day for the breakaway to triumph as well."

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

"A really fast stage. It was crazy into the early climbs, and you could tell it by the fact we were only 50, maybe 60 riders left at the front after the first two ascents. We had Nelson ahead, trying to contest the win from the break, and we let it go so he could chase that victory he really deserves. In the end, a GC lead change, too. Any problems with Nairo? Not at all – that’s something people wants to create around us. They’ve got no idea about what goes on at the team bus. There’s 0% of a problem with him. A good chance tomorrow? We’ll see, we’ll see. The breakaway might stick again, but it’s a different stage to today’s, especially because the start is quite less demanding. I want to send my support to everyone who crashed today; the big pile-up was into a very dangerous turn."

Dorian Godon (AG2R La Mondiale)

"We knew that the day was going to be rough and it would be difficult to get into the breakaway. And that's exactly what happened. It was not necessarily part of our briefing at the start to get into the breakaway, and I was a little surprised to find myself there. I think I had to be the heaviest rider among the group! On the last climb, I tried to be smart pacing myself, but the two riders in the front were stronger. There is not too much room for regret. This is my first Grand Tour. Every day is a day of discovery, and today I surprised myself. I did not think I could do that. Since the beginning, Pierre (Latour) has shown that he is at an equal level with the best, and when we can see that, the motivation becomes even stronger."




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