Masnada books place in Vuelta break

Masnada books place in Vuelta break

La Vuelta’s spell in the Basque Country continued Wednesday afternoon, with a stage between Irun and Bilbao, one of the cities that were on the course of the inaugural edition, back in 1935, when Gustaaf Deloor took the victory. Peppered with five classified climbs, the 187.2km course screamed breakaway, and despite needing more than one hour to form, a group eventually sailed away and managed to carve out enough of a gap to fight for the victory at the end of the day.

Riding his first Vuelta a España, Fausto Masnada was one of the eighteen riders to make it in the front group who stretched their initial lead of one minute to five minutes by the time they Alto del Vivero (4.6km, 8%) – the day’s main climb – for the second time. At that point, one rider was alone in the lead, while the group behind was fragmenting, our Italian being among those dropped. But Fausto battled admirably and after a terrific descent, he rejoined the chasing group with four kilometers to go and even launched a powerful attack in an attempt to bridge across to the front of the race.

As the others reacted, it all came back together under the flamme rouge and it looked like they would catch Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates), but a moment of hesitation among the chasers allowed the Spaniard to take the win. Masnada concluded four seconds in arrears, just outside the top 10, but took a lot of heart from his ride on the hilly roads to Bilbao.

“Tuesday was the worst day of my career, and I was extremely motivated today to leave that stage behind and show myself. It wasn’t easy, because we fought for more than an hour before a breakaway took off, but I gave my best there. On one hand, I am disappointed because I didn’t get a better result for the team, but this solid ride makes me more confident for the next stages, so there is a bright side after today”, explained Fausto at the finish.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Race details

1 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
4:15:23
2 Daryl Impey
Israel - Premier Tech
0:04
3 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
0:04
4 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
0:04
5 Lawson Craddock
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:04
6 Nikias Arndt
Team DSM
0:04
7 Victor Langellotti
Burgos-BH
0:04
8 Vadim Pronskiy
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:04
9 Gregor Mühlberger
Movistar Team
0:04
10 Roger Adrià Oliveras
Equipo Kern Pharma
0:04
11 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:04
72 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:09
76 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:09
81 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:09
90 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:07
99 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:47
101 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:47
156 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:47
1 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
16:07:22
2 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
0:02
3 Nikias Arndt
Team DSM
1:09
4 Lawson Craddock
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
2:27
5 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
4:09
6 Sepp Kuss
Jumbo-Visma
4:22
7 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
4:35
8 Tao Geoghegan Hart
INEOS Grenadiers
4:35
9 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:36
10 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
4:42
38 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:29
69 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:40
88 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:26
96 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18:10
101 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20:40
108 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
22:53
147 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
32:30
1 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
127 pt
2 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
118 pt
3 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
47 pt
4 Pascal Ackermann
UAE Team Emirates
34 pt
5 Tim Merlier
Alpecin-Deceuninck
34 pt
6 Daniel McLay
Team Arkéa Samsic
34 pt
7 Victor Langellotti
Burgos-BH
33 pt
8 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
30 pt
9 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
30 pt
10 Nikias Arndt
Team DSM
28 pt
15 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
21 pt
34 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14 pt
1 Victor Langellotti
Burgos-BH
13 pt
2 Roger Adrià Oliveras
Equipo Kern Pharma
6 pt
3 Lawson Craddock
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
5 pt
4 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
5 pt
5 Joan Bou Company
Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 pt
6 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
4 pt
7 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
3 pt
8 Julius van den Berg
EF Education-EasyPost
3 pt
9 Jarrad Drizners
Lotto Soudal
3 pt
10 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
2 pt
11 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
13 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
16:07:24
2 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
4:33
3 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:34
4 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
4:40
5 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
5:00
6 Brandon McNulty
UAE Team Emirates
5:00
7 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
5:00
8 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
5:08
9 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
5:09
10 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
5:09
14 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:27
1 Groupama - FDJ 47:40:10
2 UAE Team Emirates 1:27
3 Team BikeExchange - Jayco 1:29
4 Movistar Team 1:34
5 Bahrain - Victorious 1:40
6 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 2:12
7 Astana Qazaqstan Team 2:22
8 Equipo Kern Pharma 2:56
9 Burgos-BH 3:34
10 INEOS Grenadiers 5:55

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