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Patience key for Nibali’s Vuelta bid

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 27, 2013, 11:35,
Updated:
August 27, 2013, 12:53
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Race:
Vuelta a España
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) lost the race lead

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) lost the race lead

  • Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) lost the race lead
  • Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) signs on
  • Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) leads the Vuelta after stage 2

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Horner leads with Italian in second

With so many up-hill finishes at this year’s Vuelta a Espana, Astana’s Alexander Shefer certainly isn’t worried by the fact that Vincenzo Nibali lost the leader’s jersey on stage 3.

Chris Horner (RadioShack) romped away to the win at Mirador de Lobeira and now leads the Italian by 3 seconds in the overall classification.

However with so many mountain stages still to come, and a thoroughly demanding final week, Shefer believes that temporarily relinquishing the jersey should play out in the long run.

"In the first day at the team time trial we won the stage but not the Vuelta. Likewise today we lost the jersey but not the whole race. There are three weeks of competition ahead of the entire peloton, and it will not be easy for any one team to defend day in and day out," he said.

Astana kept Nibali and his red jersey out of trouble on stage three.

"The winds today were strong, but always from the same direction. When we came to the final climb it was a tailwind for the riders, and that kept the pace very high. Horner made a strong move in the last 2k and Vincenzo did well to keep close at the finish."

"There are 13 mountain stages in this Vuelta, and it will take strong legs and a smart head to climb them. We are not disappointed to let go of the red jersey today, and we look forward to the rest of the Vuelta to try and take it back," Shefer said.

paquito More than 1 year ago
i wonder if radioshack will defend the red jersey and let astana rest on their wheels
Sam Birkinshaw More than 1 year ago
Chris Horner said after his stage victory that they wanted to win it on the TTT and keep it for as long as possible. Horner wants to position well at this vuelta so i suspect he'll try to hold onto it for as any stages
Brian Handy More than 1 year ago
At his age, he's gonna hold on to that jersey with everything he's got, the chance might not come again. Maybe, just maybe, he'll ride it all the way to Madrid!