Belkin: After Spanish Rain Comes Sunshine
The Belkin Pro Cycling Team had to swallow another setback during in Vuelta a España stage 15 today. Graeme Brown paid for his efforts a day earlier – when he worked to get and stay in a break – and had to abandon. Yet the team remains hopeful for the remainder of the Vuelta.
“It was a big fight to get in the break, but with a jump, I made my way into it. The collaboration wasn’t very good, however. There were many attacks. When a few riders pulled away and quickly gathered a nice lead, I knew it was going to be hard to win.”
“I tried to get in the break but unfortunately, I didn’t make it. When I saw the break was going to stay away I tried to save as much energy as possible. I still feel pretty good, even if today was very long and hard.”
“It was a terrible day. The start was very fast and I was quickly dropped. It’s a miracle that I made my way back into the bunch. I found it very difficult to get in my rhythm after yesterday. I’ve had quite an experience here, and already this morning I felt I was going to have a lot of pain on the bike. I’m glad I survived today, although I don’t exactly know how I managed to do so!”
“Of course it is a disappointment that we lost Graeme. He did what he could but he didn’t stand a chance. For a rider like him, a pure sprinter, it was a very hard stage with all the climbing metres.
“Juanma was very strong today, and we need to make sure it stays that way. Despite all the setbacks, we’ll continue to look for opportunities with Juanma or the others. We are still very motivated. Bauke is feeling all right. He saved some of his strength today. We are also pleased that Robert is still with us. He looks strong, which is good because the Vuelta still has a few sprints on offer.”