Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Caruso, Sánchez Finish at the Front6. April 2016, Lusaka (ESP) — Road Team
The peloton faced the longest day in the saddle at Vuelta al Pais Vasco on Stage 3, 193.5km from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Lusaka.
After the last remaining breakaway was reeled in with two kilometers to go, Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) launched a successful attack, just making it to the finish line as the reduced peloton stormed home. Damiano Caruso contested the sprint to finish in 12th place and Samuel Sánchez crossed the line safely in the same bunch to remain in fourth on the General Classification.
Quotes of the Day:
“Today was another tough stage and I’m really happy to have been there in the final part to help and support Samu. On the other hand, I’m a bit disappointed because I was missing something in the sprint and feel I could have finished better. My condition is getting better day by day and I’ll try again in the coming stages.”
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“It was a good day for us. We had Damiano Caruso with Samuel for the final climb and they both finished in the bunch. The guys today did a very good job for Samuel. At the beginning we tried to go in the breakaway but that didn’t eventuate so the objective was to keep Samuel out of trouble and protect his position on GC.”
“Damiano is happy as it was a good day for him today. For Samuel, it was an easier day which is what we wanted. He is strong at the moment and he has the legs. Today was all about having no stress or pressure on him. He knows the race, he lives not too far away, he knows the roads really well and he knows what he has to do.”
“We had a good day weather-wise with 18 degrees but tomorrow won’t be the same. The next couple of days are looking rough in terms of the weather so this will play a big part in how the race plays out.”
Vuelta al Pais Vasco (2.UCIWT)
Stage 3: Vitoria-Gasteiz › Lusaka (193.5km)
Top 3: Steve Cummings (Dimension Data), Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEDGE), Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)
BMC Racing Team Flickr Gallery
See photos from the race.