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Soler (7th) again near top contenders in Granada

22 February 2020
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Vuelta a Andalucía (st. 4)

Catalan from Movistar Team set to confirm overall top-ten finish at Sunday’s Mijas TT, after staying with second main group at El Purche ascent. Oliveira into early break.

Australian Jack Haig (MTS) notched up Saturday’s victory at the tough Granada stage of the 2020 Vuelta a Andalucía, a short route of just 125km from Villanueva Mesía to the province’s capital yet with a demanding final climb to El Purche (Cat-1), where Jakob Fuglsang (AST) reasserted his strengths at the top of the GC before Sunday’s TT showdown (13km) in Mijas.

Nelson Oliveira into the early break. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

The Movistar Team again made their best efforts to complete a good performance in a Ruta del Sol where Marc Soler improved his provisional overall result from eighth place to seventh. Kept under cover by his team-mates before the final climb, with Nelson Oliveira representing the Blues into an early, 18-man breakaway, the Catalan enjoyed luxury support from Enric Mas, who helped him close a gap, halfway through the ascent, against the main GC contenders. The Vilanova native was able to stay with the yellow jersey until the final 4km uphill.

Sebastián Mora leads out his team-mates. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

Marc would end up struggling and coming back to a second pursuit group, where he took 7th place in the stage -1’14” down on the winner- and an identical spot overall -57″ behind the top five, now two minutes off the podium-. The Movistar Team will now tackle a TT where the Blues will be able to use their Canyon Speedmax bikes for the first time in 2020, since both the San Juan and Tour Colombia time trials required conventional machines per race regulations.

— 2020 Vuelta a Andalucía TT start times (Sunday 23rd, all local, CET): Mora 13.17, Roelandts 13.29, Oliveira 14.01, Arcas 14.24, Pedrero 14.43, Mas 14.50, Soler 15.08

Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport

Male Team 19 - 23 Feb

Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol ESP

(4th Stage) Villanueva Mesía - Granada (125 km)
  1. 01 Jack Haig Mitchelton-Scott 3h07'35"
  2. 02 Jakob Fuglsang Astana Pro Team "
  3. 03 Mikel Landa Bahrain - McLaren "
  4. 07 Marc Soler Movistar Team +1'14"
  5. 19 Enric Mas Movistar Team +2'37"
  6. 30 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +4'55"
  7. 54 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +8'36"
  8. 60 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +12'28"
  9. 76 Jürgen Roelandts Movistar Team +13'37"
  10. 108 Sebastián Mora Movistar Team +18'36"
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Jakob Fuglsang Astana Pro Team 17h30'01"
  2. 02 Mikel Landa Bahrain - McLaren +14"
  3. 03 Jack Haig Mitchelton-Scott +35"
  4. 07 Marc Soler Movistar Team +2'41"
  5. 21 Enric Mas Movistar Team +8'15"
  6. 28 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +11'09"
  7. 47 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +22'49"
  8. 70 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +31'58"
  9. 102 Jürgen Roelandts Movistar Team +43'57"
  10. 114 Sebastián Mora Movistar Team +54'32"
See stage ranking