An attacking team ride on the final day at Vuelta a Burgos saw David de la Cruz claim third place overall and four Team Sky riders make the top 10 in northern Spain.
We came with the aim of building for La Vuelta... Of course we still wanted to perform well, and we did as best as we could.
He said: "We came with the aim of building to La Vuelta. For example De la Cruz has been managing his workload to be good for La Vuelta, not for Burgos. Of course we still wanted to perform well, and we did as best as we could. The race’s climbs were really suited to the two Colombians [Sosa and Lopez] but both David and Tao are really on track for La Vuelta.
"For Sebastian to still be there at the end and perform that role, it was exactly what he needed to do to show himself for La Vuelta - although of course it’s going to be difficult [to make selection].
"De la Cruz was close, he got on the podium. It was always going to be tough with that super steep climb up against Sosa, who we’ve known for a while, and Miguel Angel Lopez who is, as they say, Superman.
"We won the team prize and even yesterday - Tao was up there, sprinting for the win. It’s not often that’s happened and part of this is a learning experience, it’s about judging your efforts. It’s easy to be disappointed when you’re ambitious, but the guys should also be realistic and happy with their work this week."
1. Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli-Sidemec) 3:26:37
2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +19"
3. Sergio Pardilla (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) +21"
4. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) s.t.
5. Igor Anton (Dimension Data) +32"
1. Ivan Sosa (Androni Giocattoli-Sidemec) 19:00:37
2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +17"
3. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) +53"
4. Igor Anton (Dimension Data) +1:04"
5. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) +1:25"