A fast and furious day of climbing in the 74th La Vuelta ciclista a España gave KATUSHA ALPECIN’s Ruben Guerreiro another chance to seek victory in the Spanish mountains. This time the 25-year-old Portuguese rider and teammate Spanish Dani Navarro used clever racing strategy to launch Guerreiro onto the stage podium in second place for stage 15.
Guerreiro: “We did things perfectly today. We executed our plan really well. We put me and Dani in the strong break and then Dani attacked first while I saved my energy for the last climb. But Sepp was just stronger today as one of the best climbers. We did our best and we can be happy with this result.”
A fighting spirit and strong teamwork resulting in a second place finish bodes well for Guerreiro as he continues to look for a stage win in this year’s la Vuelta.
The 154.4k stage began in Tineo and ended at 1202m at Santuario del Acebo. Sepp Kuss (Team Jumbo-Visma) captured the win with a time of 4:19:04 (35.76km/h) at 39-seconds ahead of Guerreiro and forty-seconds in front of third place finisherTao Geoghegan Hart of Team Ineos. The stage featured four category 1 climbs in the Asturias region of northern Spain.
The overall classification remains the same with Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo-Visma still holding a commanding lead of 2:25 to Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and 3:43 to Tadej Pogačar.
Stage 16 on Monday is another demanding day of climbing. At 144.4k, the stage begins in Pravia and ends atop Alto de La Cubilla and features three category 1 climbs throughout the day.