Vuelta a España - Miguel Ángel Lopez: I think I can be happy with my performance
Aug 31 2019 05:21 am CET

Vuelta a España - Miguel Ángel Lopez: I think I can be happy with my performance
Vuelta a España - Miguel Ángel Lopez: I think I can be happy with my performance
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Miguel Ángel López (Astana) finished the sixth stage in the third position but this was enough to claim once more the Red Jersey at the end of the day at the Vuelta a España.

The Colombian successfully stayed in the front group of four in the last kilometres of the stage: Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Primoz Roglic. Although he couldn't keep the pace of the World Champion in the last kilometre, the rider crossed the finish line at six seconds from him and went back to the top of the General Classification.

"I can’t say that this climb suited me well as it was a steep and explosive powerful climb," he commented. "However, I gave my best today and I think I can be happy with my performance. I knew this climb and I knew it would be a big test for everyone. We had a super-fast start and in general, it was a fast stage, so, everyone was already tired coming to the bottom of the final climb. Our team did a great job, I was always in a good and protected position. At the last climb, my teammates did a good acceleration, placing me well in front.

"Finally, we remained four in the lead, everyone tried to do something, but it was impossible to gain terrain on these steep slopes. I expected that Alejandro Valverde would be a big favourite today as this climb suited him perfectly. Anyway, once again I am in the red jersey and I am happy with it. We did a good stage and it is nice to come back into the lead. On Sunday we will have another very hard day and, I think, the climb in Andorra will suit me much better. So sure, with the whole team we will keep on fighting in this Vuelta day by day."







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