Spanish sprinter from Movistar Team unable to clinch goal of opening his 2019 account at the Castellana avenur -5th behind winner Maxime Daniel (PCB)-, yet climbs onto podium after strong three-day fight alongside Edu Prades (9th).
The Arkéa Samsic squad and Frenchman Clément Russo came victorious at the end of the 32nd Vuelta a Madrid, whose final stage covered 19 laps and 100km into a demanding, rectilinear circuit in the city’s famous Paseo de la Castellana.
The Briton squad, also claiming the day’s success with Maxime Daniel, took two places of the podium in the Spanish race, the other one awarded to Carlos Barbero (3rd) after huge efforts from the Movistar Team throughout the weekend.
With all Blues sheltered until the final lap of the up-and-down course between Plaza de Castilla and the San Juan de la Cruz square, Barbero and his team-mates made a late surge to seek for good fortune into a very nervous finish, where Carlos ultimately notched up 5th place behind winner Daniel, Niccolò Bonifazio (TDE, 2nd) and GC podium finishers Russo and Romain Hardy.
Edu Prades, also present into the dozen riders who had a shot at the final victory at this final stage by position countback, ended up in 9th overall.