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Alejandro fights till the end climbing to Ancares

Alejandro fights till the end climbing to Ancares

and ensures his place on the podium

Alejandro achieved a really great stage today, one more, on the occasion of the last but one stage of the 69th edition of the Vuelta a España. The Spaniard took his responsibilities, attacked, defended, and gave it all till the very last meter. Thank you, Alejandro!

Alejandro’s quotes:

“I never felt like there was a real threat on my podium finish today. I had good legs and everything was more or less under control through the whole climb. When Purito jumped away I kept my pace in the pursuit, and then, when Froome did, I took sort of a sprint to save some energy and not waste it afterwards with another pursuit to chase them back. However, Froome’s pace change was really strong and there was a point when I had to stop and keep going on my own pace. The problem is – you never know if it’s the time to stop following them, and actually they two, Froome and Alberto, stopped with their action just ten seconds after.

“I still kept my own pace and managed the gap until the end. When Purito dropped I was able to accelerate and catch him, and when I did, I knew the podium was more or less done – in the final slopes, as I saw it was impossible to get back to the lead, I put an easier pace. From tomorrow’s TT, I know more or less what you can see on the profile, though it’s also known that there might be rain, and thus it might become more risky. It will surely be beautiful for the fans to enjoy with us. We can make it to the overall podium again tomorrow; it would be my sixth time in the Vuelta and I’m really happy about it, as well as the whole, great season we’ve done so far.”

Tomorrow: last stage: 10 km ITT in Santiago de Compostela.