Viviani keeps the wins coming in the Vuelta a Espana

04 September 2018 07:55
After an early success in the Vuelta a España 2018 then disappointment on stage 6, Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) returned to the top of the race's sprinting hierarchy with a clear win in Bermillo de Sayago on Tuesday. This was Viviani's second stage win of the Vuelta a España and his 17th in this season for Quick-Step Floors. Coming just a few hours after teammate Julian Alaphilippe's success in the Tour of Britain, the two wins further underline the Belgian squad's outstanding season, with 60 victories to date. Nor were the team lacking in serious rivals as the Vuelta made a rare incursion onto the flatlands of Spain's far west. Bora-Hansgrohe launched a two-pronged attack for the stage, first with Lukas Postlberger making one of his late solo charges for the line as he had done to such spectacular effect in the 2017 Giro's opening stage on Sardinia.ADVERTISEMENT But that move, whilst impressive, failed to shatter Quick-Step's solid grasp on the sprint finale. Then although Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) did his utmost to beat Viviani, he had to settle for his third second place of this year's Vuelta, as well as the consolation of the points jersey lead. But if seeing Sagan in a green points jersey is hardly an unfamiliar sight, Viviani raising his arms in victory in Spain is becoming increasingly the norm, too. Just as he had done after the stage 3 victory, which featured hillier terrain before the finish itself, when explaining his latest Vuelta win, Viviani played down the personal challenges of the bunch sprint itself. Rather, he said, his victory on stage 10 had come after a perfect lead-out, on top of which - and perhaps most importantly on an individual level - he had had to make a considerable effort to stay in contact on the lone but long third-category climb that preceded it 30 kilometres before. You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News