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La Vuelta: Stage 3 The first of many finishing climbs

August 26, 2014

Having a climb at the end of the stage has become popular in recent years, particularly at La Vuelta. There are at least 8 stages with an uphill finish in this race. Orica Greenedge obviously had great ambitions all day and were working early to close down the break. Mas Bonet was all alone up front for a long time, cooking in the baking heat. The peloton was slow for much of the day, but they charged into the base of the last climb before the sprint uphill for the last 1km. Katusha set up Caruso and he jumped clear, but could not keep the gap and was closed down by Dan Martin. Orica’s Matthews had been named favourite and he showed why when he outgunned Martin at the line. Orica did reasonably well in the TTT so Matthews also takes the red jersey. He is building a fine collection which already includes the pink jersey for the Giro.

A few of the GC favourites lost some seconds today. Perhaps not enough to matter but Valverde lost the lead, possibly due to crashing earlier when his team mate failed to catch his musette and took out most of the Movistar team. Cunego lost more than 4 minutes, unable to keep up or did not want to?

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