Vuelta a Burgos (et. 4) / BinckBank Tour (et. 5)
Richard finishes next to sprinters in Burgos, sits now 4th overall, 27” behind Sosa (INS) as Pedrero remains 3rd. Jasha caught 4km from Venray’s finish.
It was a Friday of notable individual performances from both men’s Movistar teams present this week at the Vuelta a Burgos and the BinckBank Tour. At the fourth day of the Spanish race, the classic uphill finish at the ‘Roman City’ of Clunia, the Blues took the lead in the bunch late in the race to keep Antonio Pedrero and Richard Carapaz covered before Saturday’s big mountain showdown in the Lagunas de Neila. And they even came close to taking the big prize.
An acceleration by Imanol Erviti in the opening slopes of the climb, 2km before the end, and the good pace by Jorge Arcas leading out Carapaz in the toughest part of the ascent allowed the Ecuadorian contesting the sprint. Richard took 6th place, only behind more experienced or faster riders like the winner, Alex Aranburu (CJR). The Carchi native’s effort was still good to gain 9″ back on race leader Iván Sosa (INS), now 4th overall at 28″, as Pedrero, who finished alongside the purple jersey, remains in 3rd (+24″).
BinckBank Tour: Sütterlin in the break until the very end
On Dutch soil -191km from Riemst to Venray, with no climbs at all despite racing in the Limburg province- and prior to the race’s decisive weekend, an 8km ITT in The Hague on Saturday followed by Sunday’s Flemish cobbled climbs, Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar Team) was part of the main break of the day, leading the second half of the stage with Robert Stannard (MTS), Oscar Riesebeek (ROC) and Willie Smit (TKA). Carlos Verona had previously given it a try, to no avail.
The German was caught with 4km from the finish by a peloton which did not miss its opportunity to go for the sprint, as Colombian Álvaro Hodeg (DQT) bested the week’s dominator Sam Bennett (BOH) as the Irishman was boxed in before the final meters. Tim Wellens (LTS) stays in the green leader’s jersey with two days from the end of the WorldTour ‘stagerace for classics riders’ in Geraardsbergen.
— TT start times – The Hague (Saturday 17th; all CEST): Castrillo 13.58, Carretero 14.10, Mas 14.39, Roelandts 14.52, Sütterlin 15.10, Verona 15.31.