Cantabria, Euskadi await Vuelta showdown

6 September 2011
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Haedo (SAX) takes a tumultuous sprint in Haro in the eve of the final four selective stages of the race before Sunday’s triumphant march in Madrid
Movistar Team saved energy during the sixteenth stage in the 2011 Vuelta a España -206k from Pedrosa de la Vega to Haro- so as to keep some chances in the four upcoming stages to add a victory to Pablo Lastras’s success -leader jersey included- in the unforgettable ride finishing in Totana. The telephone squad also avoided the crashes in the final part of the stage, coming into an action-packed sprint won by Argentinean Juan José Haedo (SAX), which set small time gaps between the top GC riders, with Pardilla and Bruseghin located within the first group 7 seconds back, which allows them keeping a shot towards the final top-10 before the Spanish grandtour’s final mountain-top finish.

It will be tomorrow, during a stage starting in Oyón and, via the Cat. 2 Portillo de Lunada, finishing atop Peña Cabarga, an HC climb on Cantabrian soil, where local Ángel Madrazo –who suffered from a puncture with just over 5k to go today- will gather all emotions from his fans in his first ever GT. The Spaniard showed happy after the race: “The flat tire was a mere anecdote and even did well for me, so as to save energy fro the upcoming days. Tomorrow’s stage is one I know to perfection from Lunada onwards. Until that point, people told me it’s a continuous up-and-down with some difficult climbing after the port, featuring a difficult descent where we’ll have to keep cautious, as well as some nasty slopes. I took several training rides over Peña Cabarga before the Vuelta and it’s a climb I know well. It’s obvious that so many people will try to get into the break tomorrow, and the only thing that worries me is the reaction by the bunch behind, but I’ll try anyway to be into the escape. Not only into those two stages in Cantabria, but also in the two in the Basque Country, really motivating for me provided that they’re so close to home. The Cantabrian fans will be crazy about us, not only with myself but also with GC leader Cobo and De la Fuente, who are doing really well. Let’s see if I can give them some joy. Physically I feel well, I keep recovering from efforts and that keeps me confident towards what’s still to come.”