Miguel Angel Lopez: No Vuelta contender clearly ahead yet

09 September 2018 12:23
Astana Pro Team leader Miguel Angel López moved to within sight of the Vuelta a España podium on Saturday after claiming the runner's up spot on the ultra-steep Alto de Praeres summit finish on stage 14. The Colombian's ascent of La Camperona on stage 13 was affected by a mechanical incident half-way up, apparently when his chain jammed, but on this occasion his ascent of Praeres could not have gone more smoothly. López and compatriot Nairo Quintana (Movistar) shadowed each other closely on the climb, accelerating away from the tiny group of favourites on two occasions. But ultimately neither could shake off the other, indirectly favouring stage winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who bridged across to the duo with Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First-Drapac), and then went on for the win. ADVERTISEMENT López – who finished third at this year's Giro d'Italia and took two stage wins at the 2017 Vuelta stage – played down the importance of the ascent in the bigger picture of things. "An attack where you can only get 10 or 20 metres' advantage doesn't really matter much long-term," he said. "On these ultra-steep climbs, one person goes at 11.5 kph and another at 12 kph, and the gaps are small. It's on the less-steep ascents where you can really get an advantage." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News