David de la Cruz put in a gutsy ride in the stage 17 breakaway to finish third atop the Alto del Balcon de Bizkaia at the Vuelta a Espana.
He told TeamSky.com: "The main goal for us was to make the breakaway, and once we were there to fight for the victory. That's what we did, although the final didn't play out as we hoped. On the final climb I just tried to push hard to drop the other riders. I put in one final pull and Woods came over with me. He was really strong. I tried to do my best but in the final 500 metres he was the strongest. I just have to say congrats to him.
"It was a pity because I was really looking to go into the break and fight for this victory. Racing in the Basque Country is something I really like and right from the beginning of the stage I had a lot of supporters there. I really wanted to do well. We weren't able to take the victory but the legs were good. You can see for example that the favourites group didn't go faster than us. That shows we were going well and there are still two opportunities to come. Let's see if I can go better!"
Stage 17 result: