Belkin in collective ‘End of the World’ push
The Belkin Pro Cycling team made a collective push in the Vuelta a España’s fourth stage today. Racing to Fisterra, or end of the world, Luis León Sánchez shot free and Bauke Mollema followed up with an uphill sprint into fifth place.
Daniel Moreno (Katusha) won the stage and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) reclaimed the overall lead. Mollema sits 13th overall and Laurens ten Dam 18th.
Laurens ten Dam
“It was a tough day, we went fast all day. It was harder than the other days, but even still, I felt good first on the steep climb and then on the finishing ramp. Maybe I was a little too far back in the hectic final, losing six seconds, but hopefully I’m good in the big mountains to improve in the GC.”
“I did a good sprint. I came from a bit too far out but I’m satisfied with the result. I like finishes like this, I’m pretty fast on short climbs. “It is always good to have someone in the front. After the steep climb, Luis León went away with the other guys and allowed us to patrol the group. It was good.”
Luis León Sánchez
“It was a good feeling to get away in that small group after the steep climb, but with only six riders it was hard to stay away and win the stage. It’s okay, there are many more chances to come. What I did, today, though helped take the pressure off of Laurens and Bauke for the final climb.”
“The beginning was like the other days, quick, but it was never flat, not one metre. We were a little stressed heading into that steep climb, we’d done it last year in the race as a finishing climb. Everyone knew to get to the front to be ready. We were ready, our leaders were at the front, at the top, there were five of us in the front group. Luis attacked, and we still had two leaders and two helpers – it was all under control and a team effort. We hope to keep it like that. Bauke has place in the top 10 every day so far, so things could be much worse!”