CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

“When I feel good I want to win. My teammates were working, Jesper is good and pushed a really hard tempo. Then on the last two kilometres I was a little bit asleep when Aru attacked. Afterwards I tried to attack and catch him."

Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo / BettiniPhoto

JESPER HANSEN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

RAFAL MAJKA

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

VUELTA A ESPAÑA

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS
28.08.2015 @ 23:07 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Tinkoff-Saxo’s team leader Rafal Majka placed 5th on the mountain stage to La Alpujarra after putting in an acceleration on the last section of the final climb. Having benefitted from a strong team effort that was finished off by tenacious work from Jesper Hansen, Majka took time on several rivals.

As Bert-Jan Lindeman took the stage win from the breakaway, Rafal Majka was powering off at the front in order to bridge a gap to Fabio Aru on the dying meters. Majka took 5th place, 7 seconds off Aru with the remaining favorites just behind, while others were trailing further back.

“It was a positive day and I think we did a good job. The team worked very hard to position me perfectly at the bottom of the last climb. Movistar pulled hard at the front of the peloton on the climb and then Jesper Hansen also worked hard at the front of the GC group to set the pace. It was too late to bridge the gap with the breakaway but I finished with the main GC group.”, comments Rafal Majka, who advances to 13th in the general classification, 1’29” off Esteban Chaves.

 

“When I feel good I want to win. My teammates were working, Jesper is good and pushed a really hard tempo. Then on the last two kilometres I was a little bit asleep when Aru attacked. Afterwards I tried to attack and catch him.

 

"I'm happy with the way my team-mates set me up. I tried to attack in the last 1.5 km but Aru was really impressive when he attacked. I am really good. I'm happy to finish with the strongest guys. At the moment I feel good. But my team director told me to wait for the last week as the Vuelta is long and the last week is the most important.

 

"I lost a few seconds but not too much. It’s a long Vuelta, I feel good, I have a really strong team here, they support me 100 per cent. In the last week we will see who is more strong."


Young climber Jesper Hansen put in an impressive performance by pulling hard for his captain at the front of the favorite’s group going into the final kilometers on La Alpujarra. 

“Rafal and I were well positioned in the last climb and when Movistar stopped pulling, I worked to help him in the last five kilometers. I felt in great shape and I think we had very good day ”, tells Jesper Hansen.

Stage 7 of Vuelta a España took the riders 191.1km from Jódar to the category 1 climb of La Alpujarra on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada ridge. Tristan Hoffman, Tinkoff-Saxo sports director, notes that he’s pleased with the outcome of the day and the signs showed by the key team riders for the mountains.

“Rafal was super today. He felt really good and he has been saying that he senses that he is getting better day by day. He made a move in the finale just after Aru attacked and he kept up the pace to the finish line despite the fact that the group behind managed to make contact on the very last meters. Also Jesper Hansen did a fantastic job and surprised everybody by sitting with the last 15-18 guys, while pulling at the front to help Rafal. Paulinho was also there for a long time but, unfortunately, Poljanski had a flat tire. Other than that, we once again saw Bennati, Brutt and Bodnar positioning Rafal nicely before the final climb”, explains Tristan Hoffman before adding about the days to come:

“We now have two stages, where the focus is back on Sagan. Of course, we will have to stay attentive for Rafal and we also realize that it will be difficult to get the win with Peter, as the stages are very tough. We have hard but shorter climbs on both stages, but we want to try. We then have a rest day and afterwards we’re back in the mountains in Andorra, where we will try to move Rafal up in the GC”.

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13

Currently no news in this list

Alvaro PINO COUNAGO
66 years | today
José Martin REYES
30 years | today
Ivan LUTSENKO
27 years | today
Matthew KING
34 years | today
Jennifer PURCELL
44 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com