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Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Sanchez Moves into 4th on GC

5. April 2016, Amurrio-Baranbio (ESP) — Road Team

Samuel Sanchez prepares for another wet and cold stage of Vuelta al Pais Vasco. (c) Tim De Waele/TDWSport.com

Samuel Sánchez put his legs to the test with a late attack on the brutal final category 2 climb on Stage 2 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco, crossing the line in fourth place and moving into fourth on the General Classification behind race-leader Mikel Landa (Team Sky).

It’s his 14th time racing in the Basque country so it’s safe to say it’s like riding on home roads.

Quotes of the Day:

Samuel Sánchez:

“The final part of the race was really good for me. I felt really strong in the final 500 meters to the finish and it was a perfect kind of finish for me. Today was a really hard day with the cold, rain and the climbs. The pace of the race is really high too and the level of riders here is similar to Volta Ciclista a Catalunya with lots of GC contenders. It really is a top level.”

“I’m taking it day by day. Vuelta al Pais Vasco is really special for me and the weather really comes into play. This race with bad weather makes it so difficult. I think this is the hardest edition of the race in the last 20 years. Today the feeling was good, but we’ll see tomorrow.”

Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:

“It was a hard, hard, hard day for the riders. 170 kilometers and it was only three degrees and raining for most of it. You can’t imagine a stage like this for the riders. I think it would have been one of the hardest stages all year for most of these riders.”

“The objective for today was to protect Samuel until the last climb and then see what he could do. Samuel is looking really strong and he had big legs today. He did that big attack with about a kilometer to go and I was telling him to go, go, go and not look behind. Fourth place today is a good result for us. Now that Samuel is in fourth on GC, of course we will look to protect his position but I think a stage like tomorrow is also good for a breakaway. We will see and take things stage by stage.”

Stage Profile:

Markina-Xemein  ›  Amurrio-Baranbio   (174.2k)

4 categorized climbs

Top 3: Mikel Landa (Team Sky), Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo), Sergio Henao (Team Sky)

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