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SIDI SPORT’S LA VUELTA - Stage victories and rankings: Sidi champions are major players.

With the rest day in Oviedo we can look over some results from the first part of the Vuelta. It has been an exciting 10 stages so far. The mountains over the last three days, particularly the arrival at Lagos de Cavadonga, have left their mark on the legs of the riders and also on the GC of the Spanish stage race.  

Sidi champions have been standing out as the shining stars in this first part of the Vuelta Espana. After the team time trial that was dominated by Team Sky, Sidi scored a jackpot in the 1st stage with arrival in Baiona, scoring the stage victory after a final bunch sprint with Belgian Gianni Meersman (Etixx Quick-Step); they also came away with “la roja”, the red jersey for the leader of the GC, worn by Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). Gianni Meersman proved he was in top form, when he replicated his success on the arrival for the 5th stage at Lugo as well.

Sidi followed up with a victory in the 7th stage, too, at Puebla de Sanabria; here, too, in a bunch sprint, with Belgian Jonas Van Genechten (IAM Cycling) prevailing. Then in the 8th stage, featuring a climbing arrival at La Camperona, Russian Sergey Lagutin (Team Katusha) took the win.

All these victories are lovely, but Sidi is keenly looking forward to the General Classification in the Vuelta. As things stand, the “adversaries” are in the lead, with Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in prime position and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in second place, 57” behind; however, Sidi is lurking close in their tracks with the phenomenal Chris Froome at 58”. After his success in the Tour de France and the Olympic bronze he brought home from Rio, the Brit from Team Sky is still hungry for victory, and he is trying to achieve the dream of scoring a double in two major stage races during the same season: the Tour and the Vuelta. The last athlete to accomplish such a feat was Bernard Hinault, in 1978. So Sidi can never stop dreaming and hoping…

Furthermore, for the final classification, Sidi can also count on Colombian Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange), who has been one to watch since he came in second this year at the Giro d’Italia; he is currently fourth in the standings at 2’09”.

This is the scene in which the Vuelta will be getting under way again tomorrow, Wednesday, August 31st, with yet another climbing arrival at Pena Cabarga. And there are sure to be plenty of hidden hazards and game changers from here until the final showcase in Madrid.

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