Poels ‘too’ careful in sprint: ‘Was waiting for others to go’

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Wout Poels still had trouble following the pace of the favorites in the first and second stage of the Vuelta a EspaƱa. The finish in the third stage was more suited to him, judging by his fourth place. The Dutchman is slowly crawling to the form where he wants to be, after he crashed hard in the Tour de France.

The Bahrain McLaren rider is seventeenth in the standings after fourth place, more than three minutes from Roglic. He gave afterwards for the cameras of the WE indicated that it went ‘well’ today. ‘It was great to participate. The whole day was a bit stressful due to the crosswind. That went well and here on the climb I felt good too. It was nice to be at the front. ‘

In the end, Poels came just short of Dan Martin, Roglic and Richard Carapaz in the uphill sprint. ‘The sprint went well, but I was a bit too careful. I was waiting for others to turn on, but then again you have nothing to lose and you just have to go. But yes, that’s the game. This is nice and gives confidence to compete for a stage victory next week. ‘ (Photo: Sirotti)







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