Pezcyclingnews: Vuelta’15 St.20: Fabio Fantastic And Plaza Perfect


Jan 3, 2005
Race Report: Ruben Plaza took a brilliant stage win more deserving of 1915 rather than 2015 as he went clear for 100km by himself. Behind him Fabio Aru and Astana finally managed to distance Dumoulin and take the GC victory.How much can happen in 176km? The greatest victory of the season and a GC battle that went down to the final kilometre. Despite the length of the stage, Aru made a key move to win the Vuelta when Astana placed men in the break within the first 30km for Fabio to rely on later in the day. Dumoulin looked comfortable for the first two mountains but he was broken on the penultimate climb by Aru’s attack and although he got within 10 seconds of the Italian on the descent his GC hopes were finished when Zeits and Luis Leon Sanchez came back from the break to help him pull away. There was a late attack from Majka and Quintana as they hoped to take 2nd overall from Rodriguez but the team work of Astana and Katusha was enough to keep Purito in 2nd overall. The day belonged to Plaza though who went clear with 117km to go and never looked back despite 37 riders trying to bring him back. It’s days like this that make watching cycling a joy.RouteThe last meaningful stage of the 2015 Vuelta. There’s 176km of racing with four 1st category climbs. The route heads north and then east for a 40km loop before heading back along...

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