Gonzalo Serrano wins opening stage in Vuelta a Andalucia: It's two stages in consecutive years
May 19 2021 08:49 am CET

Gonzalo Serrano wins opening stage in Vuelta a Andalucia: It's two stages in consecutive years
Gonzalo Serrano wins opening stage in Vuelta a Andalucia: It's two stages in consecutive years
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Movistar's Gonzalo Serrano has taken the victory of the first stage in the Vuelta a Andalucia taking advantage of a slight uphill finish.

The Spanish formation increased the rhythm in the last part of the stage in order to leave behind the pure sprinters and increase the chances for Serrano, who has already taken a victory in the race in 2020. The rider repaid the efforts of his team by sprinting for the win, and he crossed the finish line ahead of Orluis Aular and Daryl Impey.

"I might as well have to come and live here! (Laughs)," the riders commented. "I don’t know if it’s just coincidence, the heat here… but in the end, it’s two stages in consecutive years. It makes me so proud to be part of the Movistar Team. Having such experienced riders, such as Rojas, and they give a hand to you, who have just come to this team – there couldn’t be a better reward to pay them back for the efforts than a win. It’s difficult to make things better than we did today. I had such good legs, the teamwork was excelent – just as we planned with our DS, ‘Arri’, on the bus.

"Arri was already here before, checking the routes, and he knew this really well – the Vuelta a Andalucía had also used these roads last years. We knew it, we knew that the little town with 8-9km to go was the place to start pushing. The race was always a little bit up from there, and my team-mates put on a really good pace to try and take the sprinters off the group, which we achieved. I knew that the road narrowed with 2km to go, and there, Rojas further picked up the rhythm, then Héctor was incredible – he left me at the 300, 400m to go mark, which was more or less where we planned to launch it."




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