4.09.2016

Itzulia 6: The winner is...

...Alberto Contador. They were optimist at Team Sky but the Tinkoff's Spaniard won the ITT 18'' ahead of Sergio Henao where the gap in GC was about 7''. 
I must admit I was deeply sleeping, and even dreaming, in spite my streaming was on. Ok, it was a very beautiful dream :)

Alberto Contador:
“It’s unbelievable. I wasn’t really sure where my form was coming into this race but it’s right where it needs to be,” Contador said at the finish. It’s only a handful of seconds but it’s still a very special feeling to win here and I’m really happy with my victory.”

Sergio Henao:
"I'm happy with my performance this week. OK, I didn't win the overall, but I gave 100% right from the start. I tried to go with a different tactic today - I held back slightly on the climb and then really pushed it over the second half of the course. Contador was super strong though and he deserved his win. We can be pleased with our performance as a team as well this week. We were strong and every rider played his part. The fact that we won the team classification shows this, and of course we also got a stage win, and topped the points classification."

Louis Vervaeke:
“If someone would have told me that I would finish in 11th place at the Vuelta al País Vasco this year, I would have been very happy to hear that. However, now that the race is over, when I reflect back on it, I am admittedly a little disappointed that I was only one second away from making the top ten in the general classification. It was very close and it really came down to the wire in the time trial, but in the end, I am happy with the way I raced this week. 
I managed to keep up there in the mountainous stages, and I think that the team did fantastic work for me this week. It was the first time that I had the chance within the team to go for the general classification, and I wanted to prove something after being given this opportunity. To have the other riders in the team support me like they did was a great experience.
The aim that we came here with was to achieve a top ten result, and it would have been a nice way to end the race. My legs were feeling really good on the rollers this morning, and I thought it would be possible to get the result after the time trial today, so I wanted to give it everything to see if I could achieve that. Unfortunately I missed out by the slimmest of margins, so to be one second off making the top ten is a bit disappointing. But I know that I did my best. It is a difficult race that attracts some of the best riders in the world, so given that fact, I am satisfied with 11th place overall. At the end of the race, I can say that I am happy with the way that the team and I raced today and also throughout the whole week.”

Wilco Kelderman:
“I had to push through my limits today. It was a very tough stage, with a steep climb in it. I wasn’t strong on that climb and felt some pain from yesterday’s crash. I have a wound on my knee and some bruises because of that crash, which stays with you after such hard stage. I was able to finish my time trial strong, fortunately, so I finished top 10. That’s the most important thing this week. I showed a great level, which I can build on.”

Lawson Craddock:
“Ninth place overall at Pais-Vasco is something that I can take a lot of positives from, but at the moment I'm left wanting more. To slip a few spots on the final day my initial reaction is disappointment, but in a few days I think I can be proud of the steps that I have taken. My main goal this spring was to consistently ride at a very high level, and I think that is something that I have been able to do. At this point now, I've just got to focus on recovering from this race and making sure I hit the Ardennes Classics in the best possible condition I can. With the level that I have been riding at, I think I can help the team perform at a really high level.”

Fabio Felline:
"I did the maximum I could, and I didn't make any mistakes. I am good in the climbs, but I am not a pure climber. The downhill was wet, so it was impossible to make up the difference there unless you want to take big risks. Overall, it was a positive week and I missed a victory, but not for a lot. The sensations for me are good now, and I am looking forward to the Ardennes Classics."


Samuel Sánchez:
“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.”

MORE TO COME

RESULTS
ITT
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:29:13
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:05
3 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:00:18
4 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:53
5 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:01:04
6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:09
7 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:16
8 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
9 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:01:21
10 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:01:26
FINAL GC
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 22:44:43
2 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:00:12
3 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:37
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:13
5 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:22
6 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:01:29
7 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 0:02:19
8 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:02:47
9 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:02:52
10 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:03:14
11 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:03:15
12 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky 0:03:19
13 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ 0:03:22
14 Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:30
15 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:43
16 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:04:04
17 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:04:33
18 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:04:39
19 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 0:05:57
20 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:07:03
21 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:08:32
22 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:09:44
23 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:10:53
24 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:12:46
25 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:13:18
26 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:13:35
27 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 0:14:07
28 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:14:52
29 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha 0:15:03
30 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team 0:16:15
31 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:16:41
32 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge 0:17:10
33 Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:18:36
34 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:18:37
35 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:18:39
36 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:19:26
37 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida 0:20:51
38 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:21:27
39 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:21:32
40 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team 0:21:50
41 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:22:03
42 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:22:04
43 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:22:34
44 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:23:14
45 Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:24:12
46 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:24:13
47 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 0:25:00
48 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:26:16
49 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge 0:27:19
50 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 0:27:40
51 Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team 0:28:22
52 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:29:01
53 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:30:27
54 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:30:47
55 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha 0:31:42
56 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:35:10
57 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:37:19
58 Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:37:55
59 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:40:42
60 Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ 0:41:07
61 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:41:29
62 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 0:41:36
63 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:41:43
64 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:41:48
65 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data 0:42:41
66 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:42:57
67 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha 0:43:15
68 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ 0:43:38
69 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 0:44:47
70 Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:47:03
71 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:49:45
72 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky 0:50:06
73 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:51:41
74 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 0:52:23
75 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:53:41
76 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling 0:54:26
77 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:54:31
78 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:54:46
79 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:56:07
80 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge 1:00:02
81 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team 1:04:38
82 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-GreenEdge 1:05:39
83 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-GreenEdge 1:05:59
84 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha 1:09:32
85 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 1:10:25
86 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 1:10:57
87 Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team 1:11:49
88 Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1:12:56
89 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data 1:13:01
90 Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1:13:31
91 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:14:15
92 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:16:07
93 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff Team 1:17:12
94 Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data 1:19:16
95 Miguel Angel Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1:21:08
96 Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling 1:21:52
97 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:32:53
SPRINTS
1 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 11 pts
2 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 9
3 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling 9
4 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 7
5 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 6
6 Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 5
7 Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4
8 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 4
9 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data 3
10 Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3
11 Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida 2
12 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky 2
13 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2
14 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 2
15 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1
16 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1
17 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 1
18 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-GreenEdge 1
MOUNTAIN
1 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 55 pts
2 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling 53
3 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 28
4 Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 27
5 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 22
6 Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 21
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 15
8 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 15
9 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 14
10 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 13
11 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 12
12 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 9
13 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 9
14 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 8
15 Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 7
16 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky 6
17 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 5
18 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 5
19 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 5
20 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 4
21 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 4
22 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge 3
23 Simone Petilli (Ita) Lampre - Merida 3
24 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 2
25 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 2
26 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data 2
27 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 1
28 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 1
29 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 1
30 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1
31 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 1
32 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 1
33 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1
34 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1
35 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky 1
36 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-GreenEdge 1
POINTS
1 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 70 pts
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 62
3 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 61
4 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 51
5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 47
6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 37
7 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 33
8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 30
9 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 30
10 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky 26
11 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 25
12 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 25
13 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 25
14 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 20
15 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 17
16 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 16
17 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 16
18 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 15
19 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 14
20 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge 14
21 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha 13
22 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 11
23 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ 11
24 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 9
25 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data 8
26 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha 8
27 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 7
28 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 4
29 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 4
30 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 4
31 Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4
32 Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3
33 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 3
34 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky 1
TEAM
1 Team SKY 68:26:46
2 Astana Pro Team 0:06:10
3 Team Katusha 0:06:35
4 AG2R La Mondiale 0:12:32
5 Cofidis Solutions Crèdits 0:13:09
6 Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 0:13:59
7 Lotto Soudal 0:14:55
8 Lampre - Merida 0:16:59
9 Movistar Team 0:17:04
10 FDJ 0:17:59
11 Tinkoff 0:20:20
12 Trek-Segafredo 0:23:25
13 BMC Racing Team 0:26:54
14 Orica GreenEDGE 0:28:47
15 Etixx - Quick Step 0:34:14
16 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:35:46
17 Team LottoNL - Jumbo 0:37:31
18 Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka 0:54:31
19 Team Giant - Alpecin 1:02:17
20 IAM Cycling 2:15:42

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