Spaniard on GC podium after Friday's win in Salamanca
Movistar Team work their hearts out for Burgos native’s chances; Carlos ultimately bested by solo attacker Rubén Plaza (ICA) into final climbs around Ávila. Barbero 3rd into final stage.
Spaniard Rubén Plaza (ICA) took the overall win in the 2018 Vuelta a Castilla y León after a long-range attack en route to Ávila, on a mountainous stage three (170km) which included four Cat-2 and Cat-3 ascents.
46″ were the final gap by Plaza atop the cobbled finish of the famous ‘Murallas’ (‘Walls’) on the lead of the bunch, where the Movistar Team put all their forces to work for the Blues’ big reference all race long: Carlos Barbero.
A phenomenal Sütterlin, Castrillo, Bico, Carretero, Fernández and Rosón worked their hearts out to defend the Burgos native’s chances, trying – sadly to no avail – to prevent Plaza’s attack from succeeding and putting on a huge effort until the end to reward Carlos’ consistency, winner of Friday’s opening stage to Salamanca.
The Blues’ effort did not lead to the final GC win -the advantage at the finish and the bonus seconds helped Plaza to win by 35″-, yet took Barbero to 2nd overall, ahead of the man who preceeded him -3rd in the stage- at Ávila’s finish: Catalan Eduard Prades (EUS).
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