9.05.2016

La Vuelta 15 - Gianluca Brambilla: "When Contador was distanced, I jumped into Nairo’s wheel and managed to stay there"

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Gianluca Brambilla:
“It was the hardest but also the most beautiful stage of the race. I’ve never been in a breakaway with the GC leader in a Grand Tour, so it was fun from this point of view. I was one of the guys to attack from afar and rode full gas together with David, as there was no time for respite until the finish.
On the last climb, I could see that Quintana was looking really good and once he upped the pace, many riders had problems in following him. When Contador was distanced, I jumped into Nairo’s wheel and managed to stay there, despite a powerful acceleration he put in with 700 meters to go. Winning this epic stage is one of the best moments of my career and it makes me really proud. 2016 has been a fantastic year for me so far and I want to thank the team for believing in me at all times. It’s great knowing that I can count on such a well-organised outfit that is always by my side. Seeing how the team supports and puts its trust in me, coming every time with the best advices and tactics, gives me huge self-confidence and motivation, and this makes me really happy.”

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 2:54:30
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:03
3 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:25
4 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:00:28
5 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:31
6 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:00:34
7 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:53
8 Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:16
9 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 0:01:53
10 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:59
11 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida 0:02:10
12 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
13 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
14 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team
15 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:31
16 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha
17 Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data 0:02:37
18 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:02:40
19 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
20 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:45
21 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 0:02:47
22 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:02:49
23 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
24 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin
25 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:03:00
26 Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
27 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:03:05
28 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:16
29 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
30 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:03:24
31 Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:04:38
32 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:05:13
33 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 0:05:53
34 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:06:10
35 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:10:12
36 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team
37 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
38 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team
39 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team
40 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
41 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
42 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac
43 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:14:07
44 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:15:41
45 Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling
46 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
47 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
48 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
49 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:19:01
50 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
51 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
52 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida
53 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange
54 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange
55 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
56 Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
57 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
58 David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
59 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
60 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
61 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team
62 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida
63 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
64 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
65 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
66 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida
67 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team
68 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff Team
69 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff Team
70 Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:21:12
71 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:24:48
72 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky 0:41:32
73 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-BikeExchange 0:46:54
74 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18 0:53:54
75 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team
76 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
77 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
78 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step
79 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
80 Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida
81 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha
82 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
83 Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie
84 José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18
85 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
86 Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
87 José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
88 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
89 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie
90 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo
91 Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling
92 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal
93 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
94 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal
95 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
96 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal
97 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team
98 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
99 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
100 Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-Alpecin
101 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step
102 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ
103 Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie
104 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
105 Alberto Losada (Spa) Team Katusha
106 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team
107 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
108 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
109 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) IAM Cycling
110 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
111 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
112 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha
113 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
114 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
115 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
116 Brian Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie
117 Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
118 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange
119 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
120 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
121 Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
122 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling
123 Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange
124 François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
125 Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ
126 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
127 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
128 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Bora-Argon 18
129 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
130 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
131 Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie
132 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
133 Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data
134 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
135 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange
136 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
137 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
138 Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data
139 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida
140 Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff Team
141 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
142 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
143 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
144 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky
145 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ
146 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Lampre - Merida
147 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
148 Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
149 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
150 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
151 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-BikeExchange
152 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha
153 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
154 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
155 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
156 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
157 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
158 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
159 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
160 Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
161 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
162 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky
163 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky
164 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
DNS Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
GC
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 61:36:07
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:03:37
3 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 0:03:57
4 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:04:02
5 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange 0:05:07
6 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:06:12
7 Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:06:43
8 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:07:17
9 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:07:23
10 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:07:39
11 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 0:08:05
12 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:09:45
13 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:10:09
14 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:11:06
15 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:11:44
16 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:12:48
17 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:13:55
18 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:17:25
19 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:19:57
20 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:22:48
21 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:31:53
22 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:31:54
23 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:32:56
24 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:37:38
25 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:40:49
26 Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:42:13
27 Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:48:14
28 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida 0:48:36
29 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:53:39
30 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:55:06
POINTS
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 93 pts
2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 86
3 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 76
MOUNTAIN
1 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 56 pts
2 Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data 48
3 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 30
COMBINATION
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 7 pts
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 17
3 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 27
TEAM
1 BMC Racing Team 183:43:06
2 Movistar Team 0:24:20
3 Cannondale-Drapac 0:24:50
4 Team Katusha 0:37:02
5 Astana Pro Team 0:38:25
6 AG2R La Mondiale 0:39:08
7 Etixx - Quick-Step 0:45:42
8 IAM Cycling 1:15:17
9 Tinkoff Team 1:16:48
10 Orica-BikeExchange 1:22:49
11 Lotto Soudal 1:27:28
12 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:32:45
13 Trek-Segafredo 1:41:03
14 Team Sky 1:54:15
15 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2:49:11
16 Lampre - Merida 3:17:37
17 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 3:52:29
18 Dimension Data 4:03:37
19 Bora-Argon 18 4:28:34
20 Team Giant-Alpecin 5:00:38
21 FDJ 5:06:56
22 Direct Energie 5:18:25

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