Fabian Cancellara Defends The Leader
- by Press Release
- Published: 1 September 2009
The Vuelta a Espana peloton rode out onto the 187.9 km third stage relatively flat stage. So, it was only natural that the sprinter teams, Garmin, Quickstep and Milram shared the responsibility in the pursue of the front group with Team Saxo Bank who still had the leader’s jersey to defend.
With thirty kilometers to go Jes?s Prado Rosendo (Andalucia Cajasur) took off from the front group while his two former companies dropped back to the main group. But when the peloton increased the pace with twelwe kilometers to go the lonely rider was caught and the stage was set for the expected mass sprint.
Here, Greg Henderson (Columbia) was clearly the fastest rider but Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara is still in the lead of the race. Today’s stage winner is now secons overall.
Team Saxo Bank have shown very good form in first few days of the Vuelta but tomorrow’s stage over 225 kilometers letting the riders pass climbs like Cauberg, known from Amstel Gold Race will make it more than difficult to keep the leader’s jersey:
“It was a good day in terms of holding on to the jersey. We didn’t have to work too hard which was we had hoped for. Tomorrow, however, will be a tougher stage and we will focus on protecting Jakob. We won’t do anything to hang on to the jersey just yet and tomorrow’s stage will undoubtedly make things more difficult for us”, said Kim Andersen after the stage.
Leader of the race, Fabian Cancellara seems to be happy about wearing the yellow colors:
“I was well-protected by the team and we did not have to be at the front to work too much today. I’m somewhat surprised still to be wearing the jersey but it’s good for the team and I really enjoy being the leader of the race”, said Fabian Cancellara.
Top ten in Stage 3 of the Tour of Spain
1. Greg Henderson
2. Borut Bozic
3. ?scar Freire
4. Andr? Greipel
5. William Bonnet
6. Tom Boonen
7. Roger Hammond
8. Wouter Weylandt
9. Stuart O’Grady
10. Jurgen Roelandts