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Calm finish for Valverde, Mas ahead of Picón Blanco

29 July 2020
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Vuelta a Burgos (st. 2)

Movistar Team’s two main leaders for Vuelta a Burgos safe through day two after good support from team-mates; duo 8″ off race lead before Thursday’s first mountain finish in Spain.

/ Today’s route

When it came to the day’s profile, stage two of the Vuelta a Burgos was the first real chance for the sprinters. 168km with no categorized climbs between Castrojeriz and Villadiego meant that only a small ascent near the finish (5%) could defy the strongest teams with a chance for the adventurers.

/ Weather report

It was warmer than on Tuesday, with maximum temperatures up to 31ºC, as the wind blew quite softer than the eve, which made for a predictably easier day for everyone in the field.

Lluís Mas takes care of neighbor Enric. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

/ Keys to the race

  • The Spanish ProTeams and Continental squads were again a big portion of the early break today, with Joel Nicolau (CJR), Ángel Fuentes (BBH), Kiko Galván (EKP) -back after his adventure on Tuesday- and Riccardo Verza (KTX) alongside Alessandro Fedeli (NIP). Bora-Hansgrohe soon took over the lead of the main peloton as GC leaders with Austrian Felix Grossschartner.
  • The Movistar Team distributed its pieces over today’s course intelligently, with Carlos Verona, Lluís Mas and Imanol Erviti spending the most energy to take care of Alejandro Valverde y Enric Mas near the front. Neither of them suffered a single setback, even if today’s chaotic sprint saw a crash with 200m to go, with Enrique Sanz (EKP) notably involved.
Valverde: A sun between sunflowers. (c) Photo Gomez Sport
  • Fernando Gaviria (UAD), the rider who took the most risks at the final turn, notched up a convincing victory ahead of Arnaud Démare (GFC) and Sam Bennett (DQT). The GC gaps didn’t change, with both Valverde and Enric Mas -who was included into the same group as ‘Bala’ by the race jury after a revision over stage one late on Tuesday evening- still 8″ off the winner atop the Castillo.

/ Upcoming goals

Thursday will mark the first of two big duels for the GC contenders of the Vuelta a Burgos. About twenty riders will reach the first key moment of the race with the same time as they tackle the Picón Blanco (HC; 7.8km @ 9%). The mountain-top finish will be preceded by four other Cat-3 climbs: La Mota, Escalerón, Ailanes and Retuerta.

Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport

Male Team 28 Jul - 01 Aug

Vuelta a Burgos ESP

(2nd Stage) Castrojeriz - Villadiego (168 km)
  1. 01 Fernando Gaviria UAE Team Emirates 3h55'38"
  2. 02 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ "
  3. 03 Sam Bennett Deceuninck - Quick Step "
  4. 37 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team "
  5. 50 Enric Mas Movistar Team "
  6. 81 Lluís Mas Movistar Team "
  7. 99 Marc Soler Movistar Team "
  8. 101 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team "
  9. 135 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +2'27"
  10. 136 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team "
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Felix Grossschartner Bora-Hansgrohe 7h35'59"
  2. 02 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural +8"
  3. 03 Matteo Trentin CCC Team "
  4. 06 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team "
  5. 21 Enric Mas Movistar Team "
  6. 46 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +48"
  7. 93 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +3'55"
  8. 107 Lluís Mas Movistar Team +8'21"
  9. 110 Marc Soler Movistar Team +8'24"
  10. 116 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +10'48"
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