UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes continued his rise in the General Classification (GC), as the South African finished in the top 10 during stage 15 of the Vuelta a Espana.
Meintjes, who stuck with fellow GC contenders throughout the race and crossed the line in ninth place, now moves up to 14th position in the GC standings.
Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) took the stage victory following a breakaway on the final climb, for a solo finish. Chris Froome (Team Sky) continues to hold the red jersey.
UAE Team Emirates’ riders will have the chance to regain energy during Monday’s second rest day, before the final stages resume on Tuesday afternoon. Stage 16, an Individual Time Trial, starts in Circuito de Navarra in Los Arcos and runs 40.2km to the finish in Logroño.
STAGE 15 RESULTS
1. Miguel Ángel López (Colombia) Astana Pro Team – 3:34:51
2. Ilnur Zakarin (Russia) Team Katusha – Alpecin – 00:36
3. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) Team Sunweb – 00:45
9. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 00:53
1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky – 62:06:25
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team – 01:01
3. Ilnur Zakarin (Russia) Team Katusha – Alpecin – 02:08
14. Louis Meintjes (SA) UAE Team Emirates – 09:02
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.
— La Vuelta (@lavuelta) September 1, 2017