Briton Simon Yates fought hard up today’s final climb, Lagunas de Neilas, to conclude the five-day Vuelta a Burgos, taking a solid third place on his 29th birthday.
After an early breakaway of six riders established itself and opened up a gap of over four-minutes, Team BikeExchange sent Damien Howson and Robert Stannard to the front to assist with the chase and gradually the advantage began to plummet down.
With the long climb still to face, the breakaway managed to hold on to around a one-minute lead as the road headed north up the final ascent and it wasn’t until the final kilometres, when all the remaining breakaway riders were swallowed up and the GC riders came to the fore.
Yates, biding his time, rode his own tempo, remaining towards the front of the bunch as the main group continued to whittle down. Passing riders, one-by-one, Yates eventually crossed the line for a respectable third place to wrap up a busy racing period for the 29-year-old while ahead, Hugh Carthy was crowned the final stage winner.
Simon Yates – 3rd place
“Today it was good to test the legs on a hard final climb. The team did a good job riding to help bring the breakaway back with Damien and Rob up there on the penultimate climb. It took a while for the peloton to finally catch the breakaway, then it was down to who had the legs in those final steep kilometres.
I tried to keep my own rhythm and was able to pass riders on the final steep corners and eventually it was good enough for third. It’s been a good five-days of racing here and the end of a big block of racing for me. It’s also been good to see the guys getting stuck in and Rob having a good go in the sprints before his next big races.”
2021 Vuelta a Burgos Stage 5 Results:
1. Hugh Carthy 3:23:53
2. Einer Rubio +0:05
3. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) +0:07
Final General Classification:
1. Mikel Landa 18:30:00
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