Belkin: Wagner thirteenth, tough day Ten Dam
Robert Wagner was Belkin Pro Cycling Team’s best-placed rider in stage 13 of the Vuelta a España today. The German, who earlier this tour placed third, had to settle for 13th. Philippe Gilbert (BMC) won the stage that after 164 kilometres finished in Tarragona. Laurens ten Dam had a hard day but was able to limit the damage thanks to his teammates.
“It was an unexpected hard day at the office. The heavy head- and side-winds made things complicated. We wanted to sprint and stay out of trouble.”
Laurens ten Dam
“It was a tough day for me. After yesterday’s crash it was all about survival. I lost some time because in the last kilometre, a few riders ahead of me let a gap open, and I just didn’t have the power to respond.”
“Today was a dangerous day. We had to pay attention because we could only lose time. Especially as Laurens wasn’t feeling very well after his spill yesterday. I tried to support him as best as I could but the final was difficult. Unfortunately, we lost some time. The most important thing, however, is that we survived and limited the damage.”
“I had a bad day today. I couldn’t contribute to the team so much, unfortunately. Hopefully, I’m better by tomorrow; I expect it’ll just be one day.”
“I had full support from the team and my legs felt good, but because of my own error, I finished only 13th. I wasn’t positioned properly. I came up too late. Otherwise, another good result would’ve been possible today.”