Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Sixth for Sánchez on GC9. April 2016, Eibar (ESP) — Road Team
A tough 16.5km individual time trial has capped off the 2016 Vuelta al Pais Vasco, seeing Samuel Sánchez finish fifth on the stage and sixth on General Classification.
The ITT shook up the final GC standings with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) slipping into the race lead on the final day.
The six-stage race saw Sánchez take his first individual win in three years when he stormed home to victory on stage 4.
Quotes of the Day
“I’m so, so happy. To get fifth in such a hard time trial really means a lot to me. When I look at the final GC standing I have the best riders in the world in front of me. It was a great week of racing for me.”
“My results give me a lot of confidence going into the Ardennes and I’m hoping for a good result. They’re one-day races so completely different kinds of races. For now my objective for the next week is rest and recover well after six hard days of racing and bad weather.”
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“When we started the day our objective was to keep Samuel in the top five on GC. He slipped into sixth place but when you look at the results he did a really good job. Today Quintana did an amazing time trial and gained some places to be in the top five. But for Samuel to get fifth in the time trial and sixth overall is a really good result and I’m very happy.”
“Samuel is now ready for his next races and he is in top shape. I think this is the best form we have seen him in, in the last three years and he is ready and motivated to be a leader for the younger guys. He gave 300% in the time trial today and we walk away happy with a stage win and sixth on GC.”
Vuelta al Pais Vasco (2.UCIWT)
Stage 6 (ITT) » Eibar › Eibar (16.5k)
Top 3: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Sergio Henao (Team SKY)
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