Landa wins again to extend Burgos lead

03 Aug 2017

Landa wins again to extend Burgos lead

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Mikel Landa sealed his second stage win of the 2017 Vuelta a Burgos with a superb climbing display in Spain.

Landa surged away from David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) in the final 300 metres of the gruelling third stage to take a dominant win, besting his fellow countryman by nine seconds and extending his overall lead out to 27.

The 27 year old always looked in control on the final eight kilometre climb up to Picon Blanco and, when he attacked once team-mate Gianni Moscon pulled off, only De la Cruz was able to follow him.

The pair worked in tandem to distance the three riders behind - Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Jaime Roson (Caja Rural - Seguros) and Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) - and when it came down to the crunch Landa packed too big a punch for De la Cruz.

Moscon dug in after his job was done to finish an impressive eighth, just 1:27” back.
Mikel Landa

Mikel Landa

It will be a great feeling if I win in Neila.
Speaking before stepping onto the podium, Landa revealed that he thought De la Cruz would prevail at the end.

He said: “It was a hard finish. We almost reached the top together. He is a tough rival - I know him well and I have a lot of respect for him. I thought he was going to win!

“It was a very hard finish, but a beautiful one. I discovered it today and I liked it a lot.”

He’s now eyeing overall victory and is pleased to have a relatively big advantage at the top of the leaderboard.
 
“The time advantage is always something good to have,” he continued. “It will be a great feeling if I win in Neila [on the final day].”
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Ahead of the final climb Team Sky had performed the bulk of the work in the peloton, pushing the pace across a testing 173 kilometre day in Spain. Lone leader Gatis Smukulis (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) held a three-minute advantage heading towards the ascent but his lead was quickly whittled down.

First David Lopez and then Kenny Elissonde set a stirring tempo at the head of the pack to reel Smukulis in, helping to whittle the peloton down in the process. Halfway up the climb Elissonde pulled off and Moscon took it up, before it was over to Landa.

He did the rest.

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