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Proud Zeeman already looking ahead

The Belkin Pro Cycling Team managed to get two men in a large breakaway who tried to reach the top of Angliru ahead of the GC fight in the Vuelta a España’s penultimate stage today. Bauke Mollema and Juanma Garate did what they could, but were reeled in before the line.

Kenny Elissonde of FDJ was the only rider of the breakaway who lasted. The Frenchman won the stage. RadioShack-Leopard rider, Chris Horner finished second and secured the overall victory.

Fighting spirit
Belkin Pro Cycling Team’s Sports Director, Merijn Zeeman could not blame his men afterwards. He was proud of their fighting spirit. “We were very motivated and wanted to try to get in the break of the day. After a big fight we managed to do so,” Zeeman explained. “You could see there was a lot on the line today. There were fights for the mountain jersey, the points jersey and of course, the red jersey. It was a real tussle. Our boys made the race and fought for what they could, and I’m very satisfied with that.”

Sprint in Madrid
While trying to get down the Angliru, Zeeman already had turned his attention to tomorrow. On the final day of the 2013 Vuelta, the riders will take on a 109 kilometres course between Leganes and Madrid. The course is almost completely flat and suits the sprinters. Robert Wagner already won a bunch kick this Vuelta, although he had to settle for third, as two escapees held on. The German felt good the last couple of days and so the team fancies its chances in the Spanish capital.

“It is an important day for us,” added Zeeman. “We want a good result with Robert. First, we have to get to the hotel. We are still stuck on the Angliru at the moment and have to do four hundred kilometres by bus when we get down…”

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