Romain Bardet takes solo victory in Vuelta a Burgos: We’ll take it day by day now
Aug 06 2021 01:13 am CET

Romain Bardet takes solo victory in Vuelta a Burgos: We’ll take it day by day now
Romain Bardet takes solo victory in Vuelta a Burgos: We’ll take it day by day now
Photo of Romain Bardet (c)Team DSM | Vincent Riemersma

Romain Bardet (Team DSM) has taken a solo victory in the third stage of the Vuelta a Burgos and has taken the lead of the General Classification.

The third day of competition in the Spanish race was the peloton's first test in the mountains with a 173-kilometre course with a start in Busto de Bureba and a finish in Espinosa de los Monteros, featuring the famous Picon Blanco climb with a 9% average gradient for eight kilometres.

Team DSM protected Bardet all the route and at the time of the last climb of the day, he launched an attack while the pack was pulled by Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers). The Frenchman continued increasing his gap on the last descent on the day and even if he crashed, he managed to cross the finish line by himself, 39 seconds ahead of Domenico Pozzovivo, Mikel Landa and Mikel Nieve.

The Frenchman climbed to the top of the General Classification, where Landa is second at 45 seconds from the winner of the stage, while Pozzovivo is in the third place, at 58 seconds from Bardet.

"We knew it was maybe the hardest climb of the week, so we wanted to try something as a team," said Bardet. "The guys put me in a really good position at the bottom of the climb and I really had good legs today. We came here for day results and the goal was to win a stage, so we’ve done that. I felt that I could jump and go on my clear own on the climb, as we knew I was good on the downhill.

"Then I got that stupid crash because I went a bit too fast around the corner, but I managed to get back on my bike as soon as possible, and I made it to the finish. It was a really nice climb, with some really steep roads, but it was pretty tactical with the headwind, so I decided to wait until the last moment to do my attack. We’ll take it day by day now. Tomorrow is a good opportunity for Alberto in the sprint, and then we’ll see if we can defend the jersey on Saturday."
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