Vuelta a España - Jack Haig: It’s a nice position to be in tomorrow, but it’s definitely not safe and done
Sep 05 2021 11:21 am CET

Vuelta a España - Jack Haig: It’s a nice position to be in tomorrow, but it’s definitely not safe and done
Vuelta a España - Jack Haig: It’s a nice position to be in tomorrow, but it’s definitely not safe and done
Team Bahrain Victorious

Bahrain Victorious' Jack Haig has moved to podium position in the Vuelta a España one day before the last stage of the race.

The Australian rider was part of the pack during most of the stage and followed the attack of Adam Yates with around 60 kilometres to go, while the number three of General Classification Miguel Ángel López was left behind. Then Haig's teammate Gino Mäder took control of that group to continue increasing the gap with the Colombian -who ended up withdrawing from the race- and the work of the two men resulted in Haig climbing to the third position of the overall standings and Mäder seizing the lead of the Young rider classification.

"The day started off relatively straight forward considering all the other days we’ve had in the Vuelta with the breakaway getting away quite early on with no one in GC, so we had a pretty relaxing ride, until about 100 km into the race until the first climbs and Ineos picked up the pace, which I was assuming was to set up Bernal as we were quite close in the fourth position," said Haig. "On the longest climb of the day, there was a rolling plateau where people started to gamble, and it just happened to be that Gino and myself were in the perfect position.

"I knew that if we wanted to get away, we needed one of the two Movistar riders, which ideally would be Enric and one of the two Ineos riders. It basically meant the group behind didn’t do any chasing. Gino did an awesome job going down the descent and the flatter section until we caught Mark [Padun]. They both did an awesome ride to the foot of the last climb. I knew Yates was going to attack on the steeper gradients of the climb to get an advantage over me ahead of the TT, but I managed to limit my losses, and now there is a minute between us ahead of tomorrow. It’s a nice position to be in tomorrow, but it’s definitely not safe and done."

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