In His Own Words: Sport Director Matt Wilson on La Vuelta Stage Ten

Mon 2 Sep 2013

It was a day for the overall contenders at the Vuelta a España. Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard Trek) won stage ten atop Alto Hazallanas. The American launched a powerful acceleration inside the final 5km to break away from a select group of climbers and overall contenders. His efforts put him back in the red leader’s jersey with a lead of 52” over Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in second place.

Christian Meier and Simon Clarke were the top finishers for ORICA-GreenEDGE, coming in with a group 20’27 behind Horner. Meier was 68th across the line and Clarke was 86th.

In his own words, Sport Director Matt Wilson describes the final day of the first week of Grand Tour racing. Read what he had to say below.

The day was pretty straightforward. With two big hills at the end, it was never going to be a day for us. Christian [Meier] and Clarkey [Simon Clarke] were our top finishers more than 20 minutes down. The rest of the team rode in with the grupetto.

Mitch [Docker] was one the guys involved in a crash in the neutral section but luckily he wasn’t hurt badily. I don’t know what was going on today! There were two major incidents in the neutral section. Bodies and bikes where everywhere. Because of the crashes, the commissaries made the decision to extend the neutral section to nearly 20km. They dropped the flat at the bottom of the start of the hilly section, which made for a really difficult first hour of racing. It was full on for the opening 60km today.

As I mentioned it would be in our race preview, today was a combination of survival mode plus conserve as much as possible. Tuesday is a rest day, and Wednesday is the individual time trial. Sam [Bewley] will give it a crack in the TT, but for the rest of the team, it’s almost another rest day. The two days following are really good for us, and we’re focused on being at our best later in the week.