Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Ben King continues to impress in Vuelta a Burgos. Once again, the American won all three intermediate sprints, which secured him another day in the blue jersey. Matteo Trentin (Quick Step Floors) won the stage in a bunch sprint.
Like yesterday, a strong group of riders managed to distance the peloton early on the stage. King was very attentive and even though he had spent a lot of energy in the break on stage 1, he still managed to make it into the front group again today.
Wearing the blue jersey as the leader of the intermediate sprints competition, King was eager to increase his lead after he made the break. He won the first sprint after 39 km to take another three points before repeating the impressive performance in the following two intermediate sprints. Thereby, King will hold on to the blue jersey for at least one more day.
With the flat finish in Belorado, the teams of the sprinters set a high pace on the final kilometers, which ultimately saw the breakaway being caught with just under 10 km to go. In the bunch sprint, Trentin proved to be the fastest rider as he outsprinted Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport) and Tim Ariesen (Roompot). Omar Fraile finished as best Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider in 15th place.
In the general classification, Mikel Landa (Team Sky) still leads, while Merhawi Kudus moved up to 10th place overall after today’s stage. On Thursday, the peloton takes on the first of two mountain top finishes in the race. With its many strong climbers, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be eager to get in the mix and fight for glory.
“The plan was to get in the breakaway. The team did a really good job helping me get into the decisive move because it didn’t go right away. After I made the break, I was able to win all three sprints again to increase my lead. Tomorrow, we will see what happens. There are still three stages to go so I want to be smart”.
Bingen Fernández, sports director:
“We started out the day with the idea of taking the intermediate sprint points with Ben [King] and he did a good job in the breakaway, winning all the sprints. In the final, we tried to set up Omar [Fraile] but it didn’t work out. Tomorrow, we have Igor [Antón], Merhawi [Kudus] and Lachlan [Morton] for the mountain top finish. However, on a such a hard climb, it all comes down to who has the legs and who doesn’t”.