What an amazing start to our first grand tour. In this Bedside Lamp Series episode, Jacques chats to us about being in the La Vuelta breakaway on consecutive days. Jacques also shares the thinking and strategy behind the teams plans in the opening few stages of the Vuelta a Espana. .
Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) claimed the victory in the bunch sprint of Stage 2 Vuelta Espana. The 174.4km route followed the coastal road between Algeciras and San Fernando. Team MTN-Qhubeka raced aggressively, placing two riders in the early break. Kristian Sbaragli placed 2nd in the KPM at 10.2km, and Jacques Janse van Rensburg spent the day in a break of 4. Jaco Venter takes us through his race: “The break went really early today so it was not as hard as we thought it would be. We rode steady for the first half, and after the climbs the wind picked up to “Cape Town” level. Overall.
The 4th stage of the Vuelta a Espana was another where temperatures soared above the 40°C mark. John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) would be one of the only sprinters to get over the final cat 2 climb situated just 26km’s from the finish and so, the German won the stage from the small bunch sprint by a country mile. Vicente Reyens (IAM Cycling) was 2nd and Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge) was 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung started today with the goal of keeping Sergio Pardilla out of trouble and delivering him to the line with the lead group. The African team were able to do just that as Pardilla.