Landa retains Burgos lead

02 Aug 2017

Landa retains Burgos lead

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Mikel Landa came through a comfortable second day at Vuelta a Burgos to retain the race lead.

The stage was contested as expected, with the sprinters battling it out at the end of a sedate 153 kilometre day in northern Spain.

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) emerged victorious, less than a bike length ahead of Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport) - but it could have been all very different.

Gianni Moscon launched an enterprising attack just four kilometres from the finish, instantly forging a small gap, but with the sprinters’ teams keen to ensure a sprint the Italian was reeled in a kilometre later.

Behind, Landa stayed safely tucked in the bunch and rolled across the line in the peloton to retain his two-second lead over Sergei Chernetckii (Astana) at the top of the standings.
Mikel Landa

Mikel Landa

Things are going well. I just need my body to hold on for a couple more days!
Speaking before stepping onto the podium to receive another leader's jersey, Landa looked ahead to tomorrow's tricky finish on the Picon Blanco.

He said: "I didn’t want to lose the jersey - tomorrow is an important day. I tried to keep a little bit in reserve for tomorrow's stage.
"It is a very hard finish. I don’t know it myself but everyone says it is very tough and we will see how it goes tomorrow. It could help strengthen my overall lead.
"Things are going well. I just need my body to hold on for a couple more days!"
Overall standings

1. Mikel Landa (Team Sky) 7:04:52
2. Sergei Chernetckii (Astana) +0:02”
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +0:03”
4. Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) +0:05”
5. Pier Paolo De Negri (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +0:07”

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