It was a stage Jhonatan Restrepo had his eye on for awhile – stage 11 in the 73rd Vuelta a España. Making the break and then attacking from a 19-man breakaway put Restrepo and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) in control of the front of the race, with some 15km still to ride. In the end, the day’s efforts were just a bit too much for the Colombian rider and Jhonatan Restrepo had to settle for second place, but still he likes what he saw on today's ride.
Restrepo: De Marchi was stronger than me today. I tried to follow him on the last climb, but I was cramping and could not. But I am happy; this race was high level. My shape is good and I will try again in the next stages.
De Marchi managed to ride away from Restrepo in the closing kilometers and earn the victory with 28-seconds in hand to the KATUSHA ALPECIN rider on the 207.8k stage beginning in Mombuey and ending in Ribeira Sacra. Luintra, the longest of the 21 stages in this year’s race. The winning time was 4:52:38 (42.61km/h). Third place was Franco Pellizotti of Bahrain Merida Pro Cyling at +.59. Overall there was no change on the general classification and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) still wears the red leader’s jersey by one-second to Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde.
Restrepo: I saved my legs in the first week as I was focused on this stage so I tried to do the maximum, but it was so crazy in the first two hours of the race. I had a flat tire in the first hour so I spent a lot of energy coming back to the group. It was all day full gas. When De Marchi went I tried to go, but he was just better today.
Stage 12 on Thursday offers more opportunities for the riders of KATUSHA ALPECIN. At 181.1km, the stage begins in Mondoñedo and ends in Faro de Estaca de Bares. Mañón.