Astana Cycling Team (Spain) - Press Release: Today’s stage had its big showdown in the final meters, as the race headed up to Ubeda. The Kazakh team pulled hard to close the gap to the escapees and Jakob Fuglsang finished the great work off with a well-timed attack on the last corner to take his second stage win at the Vuelta a Andalucía. The Danish rider still leads the overall ranking and was able to increase his lead.
Another demanding stage awaited the peloton on the third stage of the Vuelta a Andalucía today. The stage took the riders from Jáen to Ubeda over almost 177 kilometers and featured five climbs, two of which were category one ascents.
Like in the previous days, some riders escaped and the peloton gave them some minutes advantage, knowing it would be all back together on the last two ascents of the day, the Puerto de Magina and the Puerto de Baeza climb. Therefore, Astana stayed in the peloton and controlled the race, helping their leader Jakob Fuglsang to secure the lead of the overall classification heading into tomorrow’s penultimate stage.
As expected the escapees were caught as the race headed onto the last tricky ascent. The Kazakh team brought their leader Jakob Fuglsang into position. Jakob Fuglsang saw himself surrounded by all the other favorite, battling for a stage win as the riders tackled the road up to Ubeda, a narrow road with some tricky corners. In a moment of confusion, Jakob chose the perfect line and streaked to his second stage win in Andalucía. By taking yet another impressive stage win, the Danish rider was able to open up a gap of 14 seconds over the second in the overall.
Tomorrow, the penultimate stage of the Ruta del Sol, will cover 125 kilometers with three ascents. The race will start in Villanueva Mesia and finish in Granada.
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