Bassett comes painfully close to breakthrough win in Ruta del Sol

Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta Del Sol 2022 - 68th Edition - 1st stage Ubrique - Iznajar 200,7 km - 16/02/2022 - Stephen Bassett (USA - Human Powered Health) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
Stephen Bassett (Human Powered Health) fights to catch his breath after a tough finish to stage 1 of Ruta del Sol (Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency)

Stephen Bassett (Human Powered Health) had a hard time deciding if his pint glass was half full or half empty at the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta del Sol on Wednesday after he came painfully close to ending what he described as "a long string of second places in important races."

Part of a day-long break of eight on an arduous 200-kilometre stage, the 26-year-old from Knoxville, Tennessee was well-positioned and looking strong as the road reared relentlessly upwards to the finish in Iznajar.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.