Team News: Vuelta – Miguel Angel Lopez 3rd

The leader of Astana Pro Team, Miguel Angel Lopez was on the podium for a second time in 2018 in a Grand Tour with 3rd on the general classification of the Vuelta Ciclista a España 2018

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Team News: Vuelta – Miguel Angel Lopez 3rd

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The leader of Astana Pro Team, Miguel Angel Lopez, reached his second Grand Tour podium after finishing 3rd on the final general classification of the Vuelta Ciclista a España 2018, ended in the city center of Madrid.

The final stage 21 ended with a well predicted massive sprint on the streets of Madrid, won by the Italian Champion Elia Viviani, followed by Peter Sagan and Giacomo Nizzolo. Astana Pro Team did an active race, attacking and trying to break away with Nikita Stalnov, who was in the break just in front of the peloton during the stage, and sprinting in the final with Omar Fraile, who finished 15th.

Lopez: “I am more than happy with this result. Coming into the second Grand Tour in a season, I did not know what to expect since I did not experience this before. The Giro d’Italia gave me a lot of confidence in myself as well as in my team, which supported me really well in Italy, bringing me on the podium in Rome. So, here in La Vuelta we decided to move on day by day trying to reach as high as possible. For sure, it was a super difficult race and we had to stay concentrated during all the three weeks, but finally, we did it!”

“I want to thank the whole Astana Pro Team for absolutely fantastic support. It is our common success. It is really great to achieve a second Grand Tour podium in the same year, it is a big result for me. I felt strong during the race and, of course, I wanted to win a stage so much. Three times I was so close for a win, finishing second, but from the other hand I knew, if I aim for the stage results, I could miss the final podium, which was my biggest goal. I am so happy to step on to the podium here in Madrid! It is a special season for me!”

Alexandr Vinokurov – “This season Astana proved we are the team with big ambitions in the Grand Tours. It is our way in cycling and we enjoy it. We can be proud with the results we reached in the season with two big podiums in the Giro and now in the Vuelta. This is a good result for our young leaders but also for the whole team, which demonstrated its strength during this month, we raced really well as a team.”



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