López back to the fore
03 August 2012

Vuelta a Burgos (st. 3)

Basque rider from Movistar Team gets onto the podium in Lerma after claiming most combative prize on stage three in Burgos, almost 140k into the break. Visconti takes 9th at eventful finish

Movistar Team keeps making the front during the 34th Vuelta a Burgos, which held its less challenging stage with 159 kilometers between Santo Domingo de Silos and Lerma on day three. David López made part of the early break of the day, a three-man group in company of Donati (ASA) and Toribio (AND) that reached a maximum 5.30 to allow the Basque rider reaching the last climb of the day, the Alto del Majadal (Cat. 3), into the lead of the race. At the ascent, the Blue rider tried his way alone as he could stay away until the final 12k, the peloton always driven by the strongest teams in perspective for a predictable sprint finish.

Denmark’s Matti Breschel (RAB) eventually claimed the day’s honours following a crash in the final turn, already over the cobbles in the city centre of Lerma, which did not hurt any of the eight Movistar Team riders, with Giovanni Visconti back on top of the telephone squad’s performace in 9th place. The Italian still sits in the 4th spot overall, 11 seconds behind Dani Moreno (KAT), as the Castilian race tackles another complicated finish on Saturday during stage four, with 170k from Doña Santos to the steep ascent towards the Roman City of Clunia.