Vuelta a España - Miguel Angel Lopez: It was very hard to handle the bike on gravel under that heavy rain
Sep 02 2019 05:45 am CET

Vuelta a España - Miguel Angel Lopez:  It was very hard to handle the bike on gravel under that heavy rain
Vuelta a España - Miguel Angel Lopez:  It was very hard to handle the bike on gravel under that heavy rain
Astana

Miguel Ángel López and his team Astana showed outstanding tactics in the ninth stage of the Vuelta a España, but a crash stopped what could have been a great day for them.

Astana put men in the escape group with the objective of helping López later on the stage. The tactic worked out as the Colombian attacked from the favourites' group and found Gorka Izagirre and Jakob Fuglsang to help him with the final climb of the tough stage, which was working well until the rain started.

Very bad weather caused an interruption in the race transmission just before Lopez faced the gravel sector of the route, and those conditions also caused him to hit the deck and lose eventually part of the work that was done. When the TV and radio signal came back, the rider was with the favourites and showing bloody injuries on his arms and legs, but despite this, he maintained his third position in the General Classification.

"First of all, I want to thank my team for this great day," said López. "My teammates did absolutely incredible work for me, we really spent a very strong day in Andorra. I felt really good and I attacked on that climb as we planned. Later, I’ve got big help from Gorka and Jakob. I was pushing as hard as I could, and everything was OK until the moment I crashed down. It was very hard to handle the bike under that heavy rain on a gravel sector.

"Fortunately, I did not get any serious injury, but I lost time and my rivals came across me. I continued working hard, trying to stay in that group, but gravel and mud have damaged my bike, while there was no place to change it. All I could do, just to try to stay with them as long as possible. At the end of the day I lost some seconds, not too much, but, of course, we had another plan. Anyway, I am still happy with my form and I realised I am good right now. Still, two weeks in La Vuelta and we will keep on fighting."




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