Another good day for Winner Anacona in the time trial at the Vuelta a Espana today, by Real Monasterio de Santa María to Borja de Veruela of 36.7 km.
The Colombian of Team Lampre Merida have managed to not lose positions in the overall standings, thus defending his 4th place obtained after the solo victory in the 9th stage (now with a delay of 1’12″ by the new leader Contador ).
Anacona offered a test worthy of a place in the top 10 of the General at Vuelta, finishing the stage in 15th place with a time of 48’47″ at 1’45″ behind the winner Tony Martin.
The route of the time trial included an initial insidious with different curves and narrow road, then a 3rd category climb of 2.5 km, then a treacherous descent in which Quintana, who started with the leader’s jersey of the general suffered a huge scare by falling against a guard rail. Fortunately no serious consequence for the athlete of Movistar, only the regret of losing 4’07 “at the end of the stage. Since the track to the finish line then presented the land suitable for specialists with long straights on which to use high gears at maximum frequency.
The impressions of the DS Matxin: “I was expecting a nice chromo form Winner today, his condition is good and the track was not impossible for him. Watching the times calmly after the race, we can see how he was good in the middle of the train of the best general classification’s riders. This shows that we can work well to get a good placement in the standings at the end of the Vuelta. Today we chose also to start with a Merida Reacto Evo bike, to maximize its compromise between aerodynamics and ease of driving along the first part of the track full of curves and reverse curves. At the top of the climb of the 3rd category then we changed Winner’s bike, putting him on a Merida Warp TT, a pure time trial bike , in view of the second part of the track where aerodynamics was essential to maintain the high speed downhill and the long straights of the final. ”
Anacona: “Today I felt good, the leg responded as I wanted even after the rest day of yesterday. It was a time trial in which to pay attention from the beginning not to fall and to keep a bit of energy for the final. I opted for a change of bike and I must say that in the end I was fine. Due to the bikes that we have from Merida we can always evaluate various options in the choice of the materials on any type of tracks. Tomorrow will be a difficult stage with a tough final climb, the important thing is to take it straight to the top positions and then defend myself as much as possible until the finish line. ”
Chrono relatively quiet for the other members of Team Lampre Merida with Niemiec who finished the test in 30 th position at 2’18 “.
1 Tony MARTIN GER OPQ 47:02:00
2 Fabian CANCELLARA SUI TFR 11
3 Rigoberto URAN URAN COL OPQ 15
4 Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO ESP TCS 39
5 Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ ESP BMC 48
6 Cadel EVANS AUS BMC 49
7 Vasil KIRYIENKA BLR SKY 58
8 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE ESP MOV +1:01
9 Jesse SERGENT NZL TFR +1:13
10 Christopher FROOME GBR SKY +1:32
11 Pieter SERRY BEL OPQ +1:32
12 Jerome COPPEL FRA COF +1:35
13 Bob JUNGELS LUX TFR +1:39
14 Romain SICARD FRA EUC +1:45
15 Winner ANACONA GOMEZ COL LAM +1:45
30 Przemyslaw NIEMIEC POL LAM +2:18
1 Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO Spain TCS 36:45:49
2 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE Spain MOV 27
3 Rigoberto URAN URAN Colombia OPQ 59
4 Winner ANACONA GOMEZ Colombia LAM +1:12
5 Christopher FROOME Great Britain SKY +1:18
6 Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Spain KAT +1:37
7 Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Spain BMC +1:41
8 Fabio ARU Italy AST +2:27
9 Robert GESINK Netherlands BEL +2:38
10 Damiano CARUSO Italy CAN +2:59
23 Przemyslaw NIEMIEC Poland LAM +8:44