The Vuelta's numero uno
Victor Cordero is the Vuelta a España's version of Jean Marie Leblanc. As general director of the race, his responsibilities range from the race course to sponsors and accommodation for the entire circus. And more. Cyclingnews' Hernan Alvarez Macias caught up with Cordero after stage 15 of the Vuelta at Pajares's ski station. The Vuelta's numerouno talked about the race itself, the Pro Tour, World Championships and UCI presidential elections.
Cyclingnews: How is the Vuelta going so far?
Victor Cordero: My impression of this race couldn't be better after a stage like today's [stage 15 was won by Liberty's Roberto Heras in Pajares]. I think a stage like this hasn't been seen for a long time. The stage was planned strategically [by Liberty Seguros], tactically well developed, with weather conditions that attract cycling fans and a spectacular result. I guess it was one of those stages that entices the TV viewer. If I have to judge the Vuelta by today's performance, the judgment couldn't be better.
Stage 15 was the best stage of this year's race so far. There were a number of riders who were riding very well up until today, and it looked as if the Vuelta was over. We have seen it's not over. And I guess that after stage 15 the Vuelta is not over yet, either. It will be very difficult for others to catch Heras, [who is first on GC by 4'30] but it's not over. There will be final differences in time similar to the ones seen in the Tour [de France]. The Vuelta's differences aren't ever very big - there's still a race for the one who wants to attack.
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