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Schultz and Aranburu take podium spots in France

It was a successful day for two of the Caja-Rural Seguros RGA neo-pros Nick Schultz and Alex Aranburu, who managed to claim 2nd and 3rd place respectively in today´s third stage of the Rhone Alpes Tour (2.1) in France.

The two first year professionals formed part of the days escape of over 20 riders which included 5 riders from the Caja-Rural Seguros RGA team as well as veteran Thomas Voekler of Direct Energie. This group managed to build a significant lead of over 8 minutes on the main peloton.

The race will finish tomorrow, with the team hoping to claim their second victory of the 2017 campaign.

Nick Schultz: “The team were really strong and today and present at the front for the whole stage. Basically on the hardest climb of the day, the peloton split and we were all riding in good position and could hold the pace comfortably… Once we were in that situation, we wanted to to stay attentive but patient and try to play our cards in the final. Almost every move during the last 30kms had one of us in it. Coming into the final 3km I told Alex that I could lead him out for the sprint. He took my wheel and I started the sprint before the final corner at about 500m from the finish. It turned out that I could hold on for 2nd place but couldn’t hold off the fast finishing Stannard who I knew was very strong before the finish. It’s nice that Alex finished 3rd but it would have been nicer for one of us to take the victory.

Before the stage, the team had a plan to try and take victory with either myself, Alex, Jon or Jaime. Unfortunately I am not the most confident rider and lack some confidence but I think as I continue to progress in the pros it will come.

I’m happy with the result but at the same time it can get frustrating being so close to the victory on numerous occasions. Hopefully in the coming races that can change”

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