Juan Ayuso rises position in Vuelta standings: “I am grateful to the team”

Juan Ayuso rises position in Vuelta standings: “I am grateful to the team”
Juan Ayuso rises position in Vuelta standings: “I am grateful to the team”

Juan Ayuso finished seventh in the queen stage of the Vuelta a España on Sierra Nevada. This performance and a lesser day from compatriot Carlos Rodríguez (INEOS Grenadiers) pushed him up to fourth in the general classification. “Didn’t have the legs to follow the best, but by driving at my own pace I was able to finish strong.”

“During the meeting on the bus, I had already indicated that I wanted to ride the final climb at my own pace. I knew Marc (Soler) was still ahead of me and João Almeida would help me on the final climb. Because I kept going at my own pace and didn’t throw my strength, I was able to finish strong,” the 19-year-old Spanish champion told the Spanish ASH.

Ayuso had to let go of the group with red jersey wearer Remco Evenepoel fairly early on the final climb, but was still able to keep a good pace and limit the damage. “I may not have had the legs to follow the best, but a long head turn from Marc Soler allowed me to move up one place in the general classification.”

Due to the strong performance of Ayuso and a lesser day of Rodríguez, the Spaniard still has a view of the final podium in Madrid. “If someone has another breakdown, I can still compete for the places of honor. I look at it day by day,” the UAE Emirates rider concluded positively.

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