UAE Team Emirates continues Vuelta a España pursuit during stage 13

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Rui Costa

UAE Team Emirates continued their pursuit of another stage victory at the Vuelta a España, as Portuguese rider Rui Costa placed 21st during Stage 13.

Meanwhile, Team-mate Louis Meintjes retained his 16th place in the General Classification (GC) standings.

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) was the eventual winner, achieving another stage victory at this year’s Vuelta. Chris Froome (Team Sky) retains the red jersey.

Stage 14 sees the first Hors Category (HC) climb of this year’s Vuelta, accompanied by a category three and category two climb respectively.

The 175km course comprises a difficult summit finish – at the top of the Pandera. The region is known for warm, humid temperatures and the riders could be in for a tough day at the saddle with temperatures exceeding 32 degrees celcius.

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Start the cycle season with Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge

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The cycle season is upon us once more and to kick things off is the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge’s first build up ride taking place on Friday 8th September at Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One Cycling and Running Track.

Registration for the event closes on Monday 4th September and as the first event in the season, the 32.5km build up ride is the perfect platform for those new to the sport to be part of the cycling trend in Dubai, or for those that have been having a break from cycling during the hot summer to jump back on.

The second build up ride is taking place on 29th September 2017 covering 50km, followed by 65km on 20th October and 85km on 24th November – at Al Qudra Cycle Path.

The popular Spinneys Dubai 92 Junior Rides are also back. The timed 2.5km, 15km and 30km rides are designed for 6 to 15 year-olds held at the Dubai Autodrome on Thursday 14th December.

This is a great opportunity for younger ones to be part of the largest amateur cycling challenge and support the legacy of cycling in the UAE.

To register or to find out more information on any of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge events please visit www.cyclechallenge.ae.

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UAE Team Emirates’ Darwin Atapuma secures top-10 finish in La Vuelta Stage 11

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UAE Team Emirates’ Darwin Atapuma produced a strong attacking display during Stage 11 of the Vuelta, as the Columbian secured a top 10 finish. Atapuma led the breakaway on the penultimate climb – the Alto de Velefique – and looked to be in a strong position with just 7km to go. The UAE Team Emirates rider was caught by the chasing peloton ascending the final climb – the Calar Alto – but still managed to finish in a respectable ninth place.

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) pulled away from the breakaway group in the final kilometer of the race to claim his first ever Grand Tour stage victory. Chris Froome (Team Sky) holds on to the red jersey for another day.

Commenting on the result, UAE Team Emirates’ Darwin Atapuma said: “Today I did my best. I gave everything to win, but I couldn’t. When the best GC riders bridged the gap on me, I didn’t have enough energy to fight with them.”

Stage 12 will be another strong test for riders, as the relentless climbing continues. This is the fifth consecutive day where riders will have to tackle a category one climb, with today’s challenge – the Puerta del León – leading riders into the picturesque nature park of las Sierras Subbéticas. The riders then head north west for a category two climb, before descending to the finish in the Spanish town of Antequera.

Stage 11 Results

1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Colombia) Astana Pro Team – 5:05:09
2. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 00:14
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – “
9. Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) UAE Team Emirates – 01:02

GC Standings

1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 45:18:01
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 01:19
3. Johan Esteban Chaves (Spain) ORICA Scott – 02:33
16. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 06:39

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