Race report

Romain Bardet takes strong 5th on punchy finish climb in Burgos

Vuelta a Burgos

Photo Credit: © Santi Otero / Vuelta Burgos

The Vuelta a Burgos got underway today, with a 161 kilometre long stage over the rolling Spanish terrain and exposed roads, starting and finishing in the race’s namesake. It was a steady start to the day with a reasonably large break getting clear that managed to increase their advantage to over six minutes and 30 seconds. As the kilometres ticked by, the gap began to steadily fall before it soon tumbled as the race headed towards the open roads and the bunch split.

Riding attentively, Romain Bardet and Alberto Dainese made the front split after some good work by the rest of the team. The pace stayed high for the next hour or so, before the groups behind in the peloton came together, and a new ten rider break formed out front. Those ahead built up a one minute gap but after some strong riding from the team, they were within touching distance heading into the final ten kilometres.

Contact was eventually made at three kilometres to go after a big pull by Thymen Arensman, with the team keeping the pace up in the peloton. Heading under the flamme rouge and onto the final climb to the line Romain Bardet took it on from the front, stringing out the bunch on the sinuous turns. Applying the pressure all the way to the finish, Bardet went on to cross the line in a strong fifth place for the team.

Photo Credit: © Ricardo Ordóñez / Vuelta Burgos

“It’s really good to be back racing,” said Bardet after the stage. “It’s my first race since the Giro so it’s good to be back in action with the guys. They really put me in an ideal position for the last climb. We knew it was a punchy one and I saw that Alberto and me were in a good position so we went all out and in the end I just got passed with 100 metres to go. I think it’s a good way for us to get back into racing, with some great determination and we’ll look to continue this way.”

Team DSM coach Matt Winston added: “It was the first race after a break for a lot of the guys but we’re really happy with how we started our first day back in this summer block. I think we rode together pretty well. It was really hectic throughout the race but I think we were together as good as we could be. That group out front in the end looked pretty strong and I think Thymen did a good job there chasing to bring it all back together, ready for the final. Romain showed strongly on the final climb with fifth place for us. I think we can be happy with today. We’ll review it and look to build again for the coming stages.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 PLANCKAERT Edward Alpecin-Fenix 3:34:42 20
2 SERRANO Gonzalo Movistar Team ,, 10
3 ALBANESE Vincenzo EOLO-Kometa 0:01 5
5 BARDET Romain Team DSM 0:03 -
41 DAINESE Alberto Team DSM 0:51 -
46 ARENSMAN Thymen Team DSM 1:13 -
47 TUSVELD Martijn Team DSM ,, -
64 HAGA Chad Team DSM 1:48 -
79 DENZ Nico Team DSM 2:48 -
119 HAMILTON Chris Team DSM 11:56 -