Stage 14 of the Vuelta finished in Sierra de la Pandera with UAE Team Emirates’ Rui Costa crossing the finish line in 25th place.
The Portuguese rider showcased impressive attacking riding, where he spent much of the day riding as part the main breakaway, only to be surpassed 4km from the finish line.
Team-mate Louis Meintjes came in 21st resulting in him moving up one place in the General Classification (GC) standings to 15th place.
The stage victory went to Rafal Majka (BORA – Hanshgrohe) whilst Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained the red jersey.
Commenting on the stage, UAE Team Emirates’ Rui Costa, said: “It was important that we had one person in the breakaway. It was a group of several riders in the front and we took advantage of that. We knew Majka was stronger than most of us in this kind of stage finish and his teammates did a great job in supporting him throughout. With regards to my performance, I am not back to my best form yet following the crash and I am hoping to have a good day during the last week and win a stage.”
Stage 15 is one of the shorter stages on this year’s Vuelta, spanning 129.5km from Alcalá la Real to Sierra Nevada.
The stage’s roads are based around Spain’s third highest mountain, the Pico de Veleta, with the riders climbing over 2,500m above sea level at certain points of today’s race.
STAGE 14 RESULTS
1. Rafal Majka (Poland) BORA – Hansgrohe – 4:42:10
2. Miguel Ángel López (Colombia) Astana Pro Team – 00:27
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 00:31
21. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 03:01
25. Rui Costa (Portugal) UAE Team Emirates – 5:33
1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 58:30:47
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 00:55
3. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) Team Sunweb – 02:17
15. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 08:56
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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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.