De La Cruz eighth in mountain finale

15 Sep 2018

De La Cruz eighth in mountain finale

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David de la Cruz put in an impressive ride on the final day in the mountains at the Vuelta a Espana, claiming eighth place on stage 20.

The Spaniard made his way into the day’s breakaway in Andorra and continued to dig deep through the short, sharp final day across 97.3 kilometres.
 
De La Cruz was forced to ride at his own tempo as the general classification contenders overhauled the move, upping the pace as things came back together heading into the final 30km.
 
Despite that De La Cruz hit the front heading into the final 6km, attacking the group in one final burst. He was able to hold on for eighth place atop the Coll de la Gallina, 2:17 back on stage winner Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors).
 
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) put up an emphatic defence of the red jersey on the final GC day, coming home third to take a 1:46 advantage into Sunday’s finale in Madrid.
 
A rousing ride saw De La Cruz elevate himself two places on the general classification back up to 15th overall.
Sport Director Xabier Zandio talked us through the day and a final chance to get a stage victory. He said: "After three days trying to make the break and to get into a stage-winning position we gave it another go today. The guys have been working very well and giving 100 percent commitment in the last few days. David and Kwiato were strong up there, but behind the bunch didn't want to give the move a chance and it was brought back on the penultimate climb.

"David tried to stay with the top GC riders into the final but it wasn't possible. The guys have been fighting right down until the last day."

Stage 20 result:
 
1. Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) 2:59:30
2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) s.t.
3. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) +23''
4. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) +54''
5. Rigoberto Uran (Education First-Drapac) +57''
8. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) +2’17”
 
General Classification:
 
1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 79:44:30
2. Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) +1'46''
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +2'04''
4. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) +2'54''
5. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +4'28''
15. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) +27’38”

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