Grmay in break again as Nieve is top finisher in 26th on stage 15 of La Vuelta

Sun 8 Sep 2019

Ethiopian Tsgabu Grmay featured in the breakaway again for Mitchelton-SCOTT as Mikel Nieve finished as the team’s top finisher on stage 15 of La Vuelta a Espana

Grmay made the day’s main breakaway of 17, but couldn’t keep the pace when the attacks began to roll on the final climb.

After early attempts to make the breakaway, Nieve climbed from the bunch to 26thwhilst teammate Esteban Chaves put in a gutsy performance to finish a few places behind in 30thhaving hit the ground hard in yesterday’s crash.

Break ahead, GC battle behind:
After another lengthy battle, the peloton eased up to let a breakaway of 17 riders to escape off the front as racing heading inside 100km to go. 

Grmay rode himself into the move, proving to be one of Mitchelton-SCOTT’s most valuable in making the breakaways this Vuelta. The group was kept under a reasonably tight leash before it extend over the penultimate climb and down the descent. 

As they began to attack each other in front, Grmay lost touch. Behind, the action heated up with the general classification contenders. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) made time on their rivals, whilst Nieve and Chaves finished 26thand 30threspectively. 

Tsgabu Grmay:
“The plan was to put Mikel or Chaves in the breakaway. I was just trying to bring back the riders in front but they let me go and I was already at the front with some strong riders.” 

Mikel Nieve:
“It was a tough day. At the start I tried a lot of times to get in the breakaway but unfortunately I couldn’t. I had pretty good feelings during the day but in the final I felt a bit weak and I couldn’t do much more. 

“Now we have to keep trying, waiting for better days and hopefully we can. If not, we will know we tried.”

Esteban Chaves:
“It was a really hard one. The first climb I dropped the wheel and I arrived to the top on the wheel of Sam Bewley as the last two riders in the peloton. We came back, I suffered all day and then fought to the line.  This is one thing, in this team we are fighters and we will continue trying, that’s for sure.”

La Vuelta – Stage 15 Results:
1. Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) 4:19:04
2. Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha Alpecin) +0:39
3. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) +0:40
26. Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +5:42

La Vuelta – General Classification after Stage 15:
1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 58:10:32
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) +2:25
3. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +3:42

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