Dominant Landa wins Vuelta a Burgos

05 Aug 2017

Dominant Landa wins Vuelta a Burgos

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Mikel Landa sealed the overall title at Vuelta a Burgos with another strong climbing display on the final day in Spain.

Landa led the way in the closing stages on the famous Lagunas de Neila climb, before Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) hit out to take the stage five win.

That was no problem for Landa, who rolled home 11 seconds down in third place. He celebrated as he crossed the line, safe in the knowledge that he had held onto the purple leader’s jersey.

Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) was Landa’s closest challenger on GC. His fellow countryman finished second on the stage but 40 seconds back overall.
Dario Cioni

Dario Cioni

It couldn’t have gone much better.
Speaking to TeamSky.com, Sport Director Dario Cioni reflected on a hugely positive week for the team.

He said: “It was really exciting. We were always in the game and to come away from the week with two stage wins, a second, a third, plus the fact the team was always in control of the situation… It couldn’t have gone much better.

“We saw in the Tour that Mikel was in great shape and again at San Sebastian, so this was our chance to give something back to him for all the work he has done. All of the team was really motivated to support him for this race.”

Gianni Moscon also impressed in Spain, holding a top 10 position overall up until the final day.

Cioni continued: “He’s really hoping to make the Vuelta lineup and I think he’s in a good position for that. He came out of a training camp in Stelvio, like most of the guys racing either here or in Poland, and he was pretty happy with his condition. This was an important step towards getting ready for the Vuelta.

“He fell away a little today, but he was up there with the top climbers on stage three, and the next day sprinting for the stage win. So it’s been a really good week for him.”

Cioni helped to lead the training camp in Livigno and is delighted with how several of the team’s riders have come out of it.

“It was a really good thing to do,” he added. “We had two weeks, we were very lucky with the weather, and in the second week we split the riders up into two different groups doing slightly different work and, if you look at the results here and in Poland, you’d say it’s worked pretty well.”
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Landa always looked in control on the final climb, and was aided by more fine work from both Kenny Elissonde and Tao Geoghegan Hart.

Geoghegan Hart had made the day’s break and, although the 14-strong group's advantage never crept far above two minutes on the long run to Lagunas de Neila, they stuck it out until the lower slopes.

At that stage the Brit hit the gas, distancing his companions and forging on alone. He built a 20-second lead with 6km to the summit, but he was caught by the GC contenders just 2km from the top.

His effort forced other teams to chase though, while Elissonde guided Landa up the bulk of the climb, before Mas and Lopez pushed on as Geoghegan Hart was swept up and it became a straight battle between the favourites.

Landa was content to set tempo at the front and lead it out, deterring attacks as he sought to protect his advantage at the top of the standings.

Only Lopez and Mas were with the Spaniard and neither could launch a big enough attack to threaten Landa's GC lead.

Not only did Landa wrap up the title, but he also takes home the mountains prize, the best Spanish rider, and the points jersey after a near flawless week on home soil.

Vuelta a Burgos final standings

1. Mikel Landa (Team Sky) 18:12:47
2. Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) +40"
3. David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) +46"
4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +51"
5. Jaime Roson (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) +1:18"

Stage five results

1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) 3:11:42
2. Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) +5"
3. Mikel Landa (Team Sky) +11"
4. David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) +30"
5. Jaime Roson (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) +35"

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