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Alejandro repeats in Andalusia

Alejandro repeats in Andalusia

and strengthens his leadership

Alejandro got today his second win of the current season on the occasion of the first stage of the Vuelta a Andalusia that took place between Vélez Málaga and Jaén upon the distance of  187 kilometers. 

The Spaniard took advantage of the excellent job achieved by his Movistar Team mates attacking in the final climb. On the finishing line he was 4” faster than Bauke Mollema, Davide Rebellin, Richie Porte and Luis León Sánchez. As a consequence he strengthens his first place overall and is now 19” ahead of Porte and 21” of Sánchez.

Alejandro’s quotes:

“It was a really hard day, always up and down – we climbed 4,000 meters in just 185 kilometers, which considering which time of the year we’re in, it’s quite brutal. We didn’t want to let such a big break go away, but when they attacked we were starting the climbing, and going after them would have meant to increased the speed too much for that point of the race. To be honest, Erviti and Capecchi impressed me, they made an amazing work pushing almost all stage. Same goes for the rest of my team-mates in the finale: Plaza, Herrada and Javi in the last climb. Chapeau for all of them. In the uphill finish, Ion’s (Izagirre) work was crucial because, when Porte sent Thomas ahead, he bridged the gap and later led me out for the sprint – a genius. I wasn’t having super legs at that point, because we were all dead tired after such an effort, but they were good indeed. It seems like tomorrow’s will be the Queen stage, but today’s seemed to me even harder. The thing is, today’s wear and tear will pay off, and the climb is longer, so gaps might be made there. It will be hard to stay calm as we’re holding the lead, but we’re hopeful we can work a little less than today.”