Caja Rural – Seguros RGA’s Jaime Rosón did very well on the uphill finish on stage 2 of Volta ao Algarve Thursday afternoon. The 24-year-old Spaniard crossed the line in 12th place, just over a minute after Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors) who won the stage and took the overall lead. Rosón is also 12th in the general classification after today’s performance.
Jaime Rosón: ”This was a very hard day. On the final climb, we went full gas from the bottom to the top. I tried to follow some of the attacks but at the end, I ran out of legs. However, I think I managed to do a good ascent. The time trial tomorrow will be tough for me as I’m not really a specialist but I still have the final stage to Malhão to look forward to. I continue to aim at a good result in the general classification”.
Tomorrow, an 18 km long individual time trial awaits the riders in Volta ao Algarve. With a flat profile alongside the coastline, only the true time trial specialists are expected to fight for the win in Sagres.
In Vuelta a Andalucia, the Caja Rural – Seguros RGA riders put up an impressive performance on the queen stage of the race. Both Alex Aranburu and Eduard Prades finished in Top20 on the steep uphill finish on Alto Peña del Águila. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) took the win, while Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) tops the general classification. Prades sits 17th overall.
As in Portugal, the riders in Vuelta a Andalucia also take on an individual time trial on Friday. However, this one is not as flat as the one in Volta ao Algarve. The 11.9 km around Lucena include a couple of uphill sections, the last of which is on the final kilometer towards the finishing line.