Vuelta a España - Nikias Arndt: I knew I was fast enough to win the sprint
Sep 01 2019 05:21 am CET

Vuelta a España - Nikias Arndt: I knew I was fast enough to win the sprint
Vuelta a España - Nikias Arndt: I knew I was fast enough to win the sprint
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Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb) was the first rider to cross the finish line in the eighth stage of the Vuelta a España after being part of the breakaway of the day.

The German rider was part of the escape of the day and could survive all the changes of pace and the wetness of the roads due to the heavy rain. He showed to have good legs at the last kilometre and was the fastest man to get to the finish line, taking his first victory in the race and in a Grand Tour.

"It’s amazing," said Arndt at the finish. "Yesterday I said I wanted to go in the breakaway today but to be there and to take the win is unbelievable. I’m super happy. Martijn (Tusveld) helped me really well and the team worked great together. I think we played it very smart, with Martijn in the break who could attack while I sat back and waited for the sprint.

"It was good that he was upfront in the closing kilometres so I could save some energy. In the finale, I was just following all of the attacks and stayed in the game. I felt really good and I knew I was fast enough to win the sprint from the break, so I had to keep it together. It’s definitely one of my best days in my career so far."




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