Pezcyclingnews: Vuelta €15 St.7: Lindeman Lands Big Win!


Jan 3, 2005
Race report: If you’re going to snare a win from a break then doing it on a mountain stage finish in a Grand Tour after a monster day is the ideal scenario. Bert-Jan Lindeman scored the biggest triumph of his career, after season upon season of breakaway attempts. The Dutchman finally killed off the challenge of Lampre-Merida’s Ilia Koshevoy on the Alto de Capileira.The favorites came out to play in the closing kilometers. While no-one with overall aspirations got shelled, there were slightly troubling signs for Froome and Van Garderen. Fabio Aru (Astana) managed to prise open a little gap – he only jumped inside 800 meters, but it was a little bit of posturing for the next two weeks.How It Played Out Another blistering stage raced through the south of Spain – some old-timers are probably still longing for the unpredictable European spring of the Vuelta’s old place on the calendar rather than the skin-melting heat of late summer.Suffering on a bike never changes much though; depending on how fast you ride, it’s just that the suffering passes more quickly. With an agonising 19-kilometer grind up the Alto de Capileira to round off today’s 191-kilometer stage between Jdar to La Alpujarra, it was old-fashioned suffering in this Vuelta’s first proper summit finish.Almost inevitably, the attacks started from the gun; the chance of a Grand Tour breakaway being too much to resist for those looking for a result, Movistar, in particular, were slamming the door shut on anything until serial...

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