Haig moves up to finish 2nd overall as Edmondson storms to 3rd on the final TT stage in Ruta del SolSun 23 Feb 2020
Yesterday’s stage winner Jack Haig put in a strong time trial performance on the final day of Ruta del Sol to move himself up to finish in second place overall, his second podium finish of the season.
Mitchelton-SCOTT teammate Alex Edmondson also enjoyed a podium placing, blasting around the short and technical TT course to finish the stage in third place, just two seconds down on the stage winner Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren), while Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) secured the overall race win.
Short and technical
After four-days of hard and hilly racing, the riders took their time trial bikes out for a 13kilometre technical TT with many twists and turns. It was Edmondson who set the real dangerous benchmark, completing the distance with a blistering time of 17minutes 59seconds.
The Mitchelton-SCOTT rider then had a long wait, remaining in the hot seat until the final few riders crossed the line, with only Teuns and Fuglsang able to better his time and knock the Australian off the top step.
Podium placing to gain or lose
Haig knew he had it all to gain or lose in the timed event, starting the stage with small buffer over fourth position and the realistic chance to move up to second overall.
The Australian paced his effort and crossed the line in seventh place, with a time good enough to bump him up ahead of Landa in the overall standings.
A promising fortnight
Haig wraps up a consistent week at Ruta del Sol, finishing inside the top ten on every stage, despite having overcome a mishap on stage three which caused him to lose valuable seconds in the final metres.
The 26-year-old showed his resilience to bounce back, win the penultimate and move himself onto the final podium, giving his teammates a nice reward for their hardwork and commitment throughout the five-day tour.
This comes off the back of his first podium finish of the year in Volta Valencia earlier in the month.
Jack Haig - 2nd place overall
“It is a great feeling to move up to second overall especially going into the TT in third place and not really expecting to move up. It is a great start to the season.
“If you would have told me I would come away with second place before the race then I would have been incredibly happy.
"Even with the little mishap the other day in the final, it has still been an incredible week and the guys have done an amazing job helping me everyday. For the new guys in the team Alex Konychev and Andrey Zeits, it was their first stage race with us and I think it worked really well.”
Alex Edmondson - 3rd on stage 5
"It’s bitter sweet to be so close to the win but it’s given me some good confidence that the hard work I put in the winter is paying off. I’m looking forward to racing in Belgium now at the Classics and hopefully I can keep the ball rolling.
"It’s been a wicked few days here with the team and to help get Jack up for second place overall I think we can be super happy with our efforts."
Laurenzo Lapage - Sport Director
“Once Alex had the best time and with so much difference we were thinking maybe only one guy would pass him at the end and that was Fuglsang, but it was Teuns too.
"It was close and I still believe there was a chance Alex could have won because he caught two guys on the downhill and I think he lost some seconds there. He couldn’t pass properly, maybe two or three seconds before he could pass as there were motorbikes in front.
“We took one stage win and a podium overall and if you see how the team was riding together everyday and the goals we had before the race, then we did everything this week.
“The riders have all come out of this race in a good condition and are ready for the next big goals. Everybody is healthy and you can see they have worked well in the winter and they have made another step forward here."
2020 Ruta del Sol - Stage 5 ITT Results:
1. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren) 17:57
2. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) ST
3. Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:02
Final General Classification after 5 stages:
1. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) 17:47:58
2. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:59
2. Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren) +1:12
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