De La Cruz battles in the break

31 Aug 2019

De La Cruz battles in the break

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Vuelta a Espana Stage eight: Valls - Igualada, 166.9km

David de la Cruz finished stage eight of the Vuelta a Espana empty-handed despite a superb effort in a day-long break that ended in a sprint which was won by Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb). 

De La Cruz worked hard to escape as part of a strong 21-rider group which was able to establish a large advantage relatively quickly and create a gap of over two minutes within 25 kilometres.

This gap gradually extended until increasing quickly when the break reached the pivotal part of the day, the category two Puerto de Monserrat climb, which split the lead group as the attacks reigned in as the ascent reached its peak.

Fernando Barcelo (Euskadi-Murias) and Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) led at the summit, before they were joined by Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha Alpecin) for a tough descent which was affected by torrential rain.

De La Cruz took a cautious approach to the descent and was narrowly distanced by the chasers until he bounced back with five kilometres remaining as the break were caught, only to narrowly avoid a crash at a technical roundabout two kilometres later, which ended his hopes of a stage win..

The lead group were so far ahead of the peloton that Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) was able to take the overall race lead and De La Cruz moved up to 20th overall.
David de la Cruz

David de la Cruz

The most important thing is my legs felt the best they have done at the Vuelta so far, which is a good sign.”
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David de la Cruz

“I wanted to be in the breakaway as it is my home region and all my people were there, standing on the climb and supporting me, so I wanted to be there to fight for the victory. I gave my best and you can’t ask for any more.

“The final descent was a bit dangerous and I lost some confidence, but I managed to come back again, but with three kilometres to go, at a roundabout, I almost crashed and I absolutely lost my confidence then and I rode in safely.

“The most important thing is my legs felt the best they have done at the Vuelta so far, which is a good sign.”

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