Wind and strategy prevent Matteo’s options in Zaragoza
Vuelta a Aragon
Stage 2: Huesca-Zaragoza (194 km)
A manoeuvre by the Movistar team within the last 20 kilometres, which was the highlight of the race for just over 20 riders, including six members of the telephone team, put an end to the hopes of Polartec-Kometa to win the stage with their fastest man, Matteo Moschetti. In the final cut there was no presence of any rider of the team. The Italian, 57th, and Dutchman Patrick Inkelaar, 58th, were the top two finishers in the formation at the finish line in Zaragoza, integrated into the main pack that came within 21 seconds of the winner. A platoon that included the seven cyclists in the formation.
Jesús Hernández, director: “It was a stage with a script very similar to yesterday’s. With an early, small breakaway; an escape always under the control of the platoon, yesterday controlled by the Movistar, today by the Murias. And all this with the addition of side and rear air for the last few kilometres. Movistar has asserted its superiority as a team and has left the front group very selected. We didn’t have anyone there, but it was a question of legs and for the moment. They have all arrived in the pursuit group and have even saved some cracks that have taken place during the pursuit. The team was very good, grouped around Matteo, showing a good attitude, riding in front”.
This Sunday concludes the Vuelta a Aragón with a short stage, 120 kilometres, which will link Sabiñánigo and Ampriú, the highest point of the Cerler winter season. Matteo Moschetti, 26th to 36 seconds behind still-leader Jon Aberasturi, is the best rider in the overall rankings at Polartec-Kometa.
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