Tour of Burgos: Fernando Gaviria sprints fastest in Villadiego


Tour of Burgos: Fernando Gaviria sprints fastest in Villadiego

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 4:43 PM

Fernando Gaviria has won the second stage of the Tour of Burgos. In Villadiego he was the fastest in the expected final sprint. With that, the Colombian caused a lot of fun at UAE Emirates, which saw three riders drop out at the beginning of the day.

After the Tour of Burgos lost Gijs Leemreize and Sebastian Henao yesterday as a result of a crash, Andres Camilo Ardila, Juan Sebastian Molano and Cristian Camilo Muñoz also did not start this afternoon. The three riders are said to have been in contact with a person found to be infected with the coronavirus, which is why UAE Emirates kept them aside. The Emirates team therefore appeared with only four riders at the start.

The second stage led the riders from the town of Castrojeriz to the more northerly Villadiego, where Vladimir Isaychev and Matteo Pelucchi had already triumphed in previous editions. On this second day, the course was ‘Spanish plane’ and the entire time was driven above 800 meters. The final phase to the finish was treacherous and up and down, but on paper it seemed like a day for the sprinters.

Leading group with five men
In the opening phase of the stage, a leading group of five riders emerged. The Spaniards Joel Nicolau, Angel Fuentes and Francisco Galvan had teamed up with the Italians Alessandro Fedeli and Riccardo Verza and drove a lead of almost four minutes in the first 25 kilometers. In the peloton, the BORA teammates of Felix Großschartner, wearer of the purple jersey after his victory yesterday, put themselves in front.

Felix Großschartner in the purple leader’s jersey – photo: Cor Vos

For a long time, the lead of the five escapees was kept at around four minutes, but at the start of the last seventy kilometers the peloton switched up when NTT Pro Cycling started to pursue the chase. The South African team had traveled to Burgos with Giacomo Nizzolo and Max Walscheid and was eager for a sprint. Four minutes then became three and three minutes became two at 45 kilometers from the finish.

After that, Deceuninck-Quick Step and Groupama-FDJ also put a man in the lead. At 30 kilometers from the finish, the disagreement in the leading group increased and the escapees reproached each other. When Verza and Fuentes were subsequently driven on a hole, the Italian was annoyed that the Spaniard did not take over. However, it could not be better and was the first to blow back into the peloton.

The other escapees are also included
Verza recovered and joined the remaining men. When entering the last 23 kilometers, the riders were able to explore the finish for the first time. The difference with the leading group was then only three quarters of a minute. Joel Nicolau then tried it solo, but the calf had already drowned and 15 kilometers from the finish the peloton caught up with the surviving refugee.

photo: Color Vos

When the teams of the sprinters on the sloping roads put their trains on the rails, the remaining kilometers could all be streaked out. Initially, it was mainly Deceuninck-Quick Step, Mitchelton-Scott and BORA-hansgrohe on the first plan. But three kilometers from the finish, Matteo Trentin led the way with three CCC teammates. It went to 70 per hour to the last kilometer.

A crash in the last corner caused the necessary disturbances. Enrique Sanz was the main victim, but the Spaniard was released with some scrapes. At the same time as the slider, Fernando Gaviria took a few meters ahead, which was sufficient for the stage victory. Arnaud Démare took second place, Irish champion Sam Bennett was third.

Felix Großschartner remained in the lead in the general classification. The Austrian has an eight-second lead over Jon Aberasturi, Matteo Trentin, Jasper Stuyven and Giacomo Nizzolo, who advance to the top five based on the first two day results.

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