Vuelta a Burgos: Stage 3

Sky’s Mikel Landa won his second stage of the 2017 Vuelta a Burgos and extended his lead overall

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Vuelta a Burgos: Stage 3

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Mikel Landa sealed his second stage win of the 2017 Vuelta a Burgos with a superb climbing display in Spain. Landa surged away from David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) in the final 300 metres of the gruelling third stage to take a dominant win, besting his fellow countryman by nine seconds and extending his overall lead out to 27.

The 27 year old always looked in control on the final eight kilometre climb up to Picon Blanco and, when he attacked once team-mate Gianni Moscon pulled off, only De la Cruz was able to follow him. The pair worked in tandem to distance the three riders behind – Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Jaime Roson (Caja Rural – Seguros) and Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) – and when it came down to the crunch Landa packed too big a punch for De la Cruz.

Moscon dug in after his job was done to finish an impressive eighth, just 1:27” back. Speaking before stepping onto the podium, Landa revealed that he thought De la Cruz would prevail at the end.

He said: “It was a hard finish. We almost reached the top together. He is a tough rival – I know him well and I have a lot of respect for him. I thought he was going to win! It was a very hard finish, but a beautiful one. I discovered it today and I liked it a lot.”

He’s now eyeing overall victory and is pleased to have a relatively big advantage at the top of the leaderboard. “The time advantage is always something good to have,” he continued. “It will be a great feeling if I win in Neila.”




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