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Atapuma Climbs to Second Place on Vuelta a Espana Stage 20

10. September 2016, Alto de Aitana (ESP) — Road Team

Darwin Atapuma came close to his first Grand Tour stage win on stage 20. (c) TDWSport.com

Darwin Atapuma narrowly missed out on his first Grand Tour stage win when he was just beaten to the line by Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) on the Alto de Aitana summit finish on Vuelta a Espana stage 20.

Atapuma overtook Latour in the head-to-head showdown with 600m to go and looked set to take the win before Latour crawled back and crossed the line two seconds in front of Atapuma.

The final mountain stage, before the peloton arrives in Madrid for stage 21, didn’t disappoint with attack after attack playing out across the 193.2km stage.

Atapuma formed part of a 15-rider chase group behind two leading riders and maintained a two-minute gap for much of the stage, while the GC group sat up and waited for the battle for the overall standings on the final two climbs of the day.

Atapuma attacked from the chase group halfway up the Alto de Aitana and made his way to then solo leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team), before going clear himself with 3km remaining.

Latour and Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling) later re-joined Atapuma to set the stage for the battle in the final kilometer.

With the final stage to Madrid remaining, BMC Racing Team maintain the lead in the team classification, 4’43” in front of Movistar Team.

Quotes from the Finish Line

Darwin Atapuma

"For me this Vuelta a Espana has been incredible. To have four days in the red jersey was a dream come true. It was something extraordinary to wear this jersey for me and for BMC Racing Team. Now we head to Madrid and of course I would have liked a stage win but to have worn the red jersey for four days and come second on two stages is really special. we have also won the team GC which is a really nice way to end the race."

"For me this Vuelta a Espana has been incredible. To have four days in the red jersey was a dream come true. It was something extraordinary to wear this jersey for me and for BMC Racing Team. Now we head to Madrid and of course I would have liked a stage win but to have worn the red jersey for four days and come second on two stages is really special. we have also won the team GC which is a really nice way to end the race."

Race Profile

Vuelta a Espana

Stage 20: Benidorm > Alto de Aitana (193.2km)

Top 3: 1. Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team), Fabio feline (Trek-Segafredo).

BMC Racing Team Top 3: 2. Darwin Atapuma, 31. Ben Hermans, 43. Danilo Wyss

BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 14. Ben Hermans, 32. Darwin Atapuma, 44. Danilo Wyss

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