Gianluca Brambilla trionfa nella 15a tappa della Vuelta di Spagna - Quintana difende la maglia rossa pubblicato il 04/09/2016

Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) trionfa nella 15a tappa della Vuelta a Espana © Etixx - Quick-Step / Tim de Waele


DOMINGO 4 SEPTIEMBRE - ETAPA 15 
Sabiñánigo / Sallent de Gállego. Aramón Formigal  - 118.5km

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Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) trionfa nella 15a tappa della Vuelta a Espana  © Immagini TV/Unipublic

Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) trionfa nella 15a tappa della Vuelta a Espana © Etixx - Quick-Step / Tim de Waele


Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) trionfa nella 15a tappa della Vuelta a Espana  © Immagini TV/Unipublic


Gianluca Brambilla trionfa nella 15a tappa della Vuelta di Spagna Aramón  - Quintana difende la maglia rossa

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Brambilla gets fourth stage win for Etixx – Quick-Step at the Vuelta a España

After being part of the breakaway, Brambilla came out on top, while David De La Cruz returned to the top 10
04-Sep-2016: Undoubtedly, stage 15 of the Vuelta a España (Sabiñanigo – Aramon Formigal, 118.5 kilometers) will go down in the history books as one of the most memorable seen in the history of Grand Tours. In theory, it should have been just another fight on the last of the day’s three classified ascents, but an explosive start meant that the pre-stage script was changed in a truly spectacular way, after several riders ignited a dangerous breakaway, which included Gianluca Brambilla, David De La CruzAlberto Contador (Tinkoff) and overall leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

This surprising move caught the likes of Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) off-guard, so the two red jersey contenders began a frantic chase together with their teammates, but all they could do by the end of the day was to shave 30 seconds off the lead’s group 3-minute advantage as the escapees worked well together and maintained their gap even on the punishing slopes of the 14.5-km long Aramon Formigal.

A late attack of Quintana distanced all the riders bar one, Gianluca Brambilla, who climbed superbly on the first-category ascent, taming the 10% gradients omnipresent in the closing kilometers. Gianluca, already a Grand Tour stage winner earlier this season at the Giro d’Italia, where he also got to wear the pink jersey, responded to every acceleration of the Colombian, then patiently bided his time and with 200 meters to go came around his opponent and powered away to Etixx – Quick-Step’s 48th victory of the season.

Brambilla wasn’t the only rider of the team who had reasons to smile at the end of the day, as David De La Cruz got rewarded for his effort and amount of work in the breakaway with a significant jump in the general classification, where he now lies in 9th place, after coming in the top 5 on Aramon Formigal.

“It was the hardest but also the most beautiful stage of the race. I’ve never been in a breakaway with the GC leader in a Grand Tour, so it was fun from this point of view. I was one of the guys to attack from afar and rode full gas together with David, as there was no time for respite until the finish”, said 29-year-old Gianluca, one of the only four riders to have won stages in two Grand Tours this season.

“On the last climb, I could see that Quintana was looking really good and once he upped the pace, many riders had problems in following him. When Contador was distanced, I jumped into Nairo’s wheel and managed to stay there, despite a powerful acceleration he put in with 700 meters to go. Winning this epic stage is one of the best moments of my career and it makes me really proud”, continued Gianluca, who credited the team for the constant improvement shown since the start of the season and the results which came with it. “2016 has been a fantastic year for me so far and I want to thank the team for believing in me at all times. It’s great knowing that I can count on such a well-organised outfit that is always by my side. Seeing how the team supports and puts its trust in me, coming every time with the best advices and tactics, gives me huge self-confidence and motivation, and this makes me really happy.”
 

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Vuelta a Espana #15: Omar Fraile shows fighting spirit

Scoring valuable point for the KOM classification

Stage 15 of the 2016 Vuelta a Espana started off with some bad news for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka as Jacques Janse van Rensburg was forced to withdraw from the race. Last year’s South African road race champion suffered a broken collarbone as a result of his crash on yesterday’s stage. But it didn’t take long until some better news broke: Omar Fraile yet again managed to get into the break of the day.

With only 118 kilometers of racing and 3 categorized climbs on the menu it was always going to be a fast stage. Few would have imagined though that Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) would be the one to open the fireworks. He attacked from the gun and dragged race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) along. Both had a few team mates around them and quickly forged clear. Their move forced Chris Froome (Sky) and Esteban Chavez (Orica-BikeExchange) to chase. However, they couldn’t close the gap. Instead Froome and Chavez were to loose time towards the finish.

Fraile was alert and quick enough to jump onto Quintana’s wheel, when the Colombian accelerated and thus was able to form part of the break. Sitting second in the KOM classification he was eager to score points for the blue Polka Dot jersey. However, classification leader Kenny Elissonde (FDJ) also rode attentively and got into the break.

Fraile got the maximum points on the first 2 climbs before the race headed into the final 14 kilometer long drag to the finish. With 7 kilometers to go the break’s gap over the Froome group was still at 2 minutes and it was then that Quintana decided to increase the pace. Fraile had to let go, while Elissonde managed to hang on. Crossing the line in 4th, the Frenchman scored points on the line as well. Fraile’s fighting spirit over the first part of the stage though meant that he was able to get closer to Elissonde. The gap between the 2 riders is now down to 8 points.

Besides the battle for the KOM classification, the day first and foremost saw a race for the GC. Quintana and Contador worked well together and managed to start the final climb solidly ahead of Froome. When Quintana attacked, only Contador and Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) were able to keep up with the pace. Yet, with 1.5 kilometers to go the Spaniard had to give in. Not so Brambilla who would go on to win the stage while Quintana extended his lead in the GC.

Omar Fraile – Rider
The start was very fast. I wanted to be part of the break and try to get points for the KOM classification. Kenny Elissonde had the same in mind, and with Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador it was a good break to be involved in. We went really fast in the beginning and I was able to cross the first two climbs in first position. On the last climb of the day I tried to hang on as long as possible, but when Nairo increased the pace I couldn’t follow anymore. I think it was a good day though. Now I’m trying to recover as good as possible. Tomorrow is another day.


Team Dimension Data For Qhubeka

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was founded in 2007, steadily working its way up from a regional team to now being a World Tour team with bases in South Africa and Italy. It’s also known as Africa’s Team due to its focus on helping African talents to the world stage of cycling. The team races to raise funds for the Qhubeka Charity to mobilise people on bicycles in Africa. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, click here.

Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”“to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) is part of World Bicycle Relief (worldbicyclerelief.org), a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation through the power of bicycles.  

Dimension Data (dimensiondata.com) uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, organiser of the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.

Learn more about the team at www.africasteam.com

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Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) intervistato dl termine della vittoria nella 15a tappa della Vuelta di Spagna Immagine © TV/Unipublic


Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) festeggia la sua vittoria sul palco della 15a tappa della Vuelta di Spagna  © Photo Javier Belver/Unipublic


Ordine d'arrivo 15a tappa Vuelta di Spagna 2016



Nairo Quintana (Team Movistar) sul podio della 15a tappa della Vuelta di Spagna in maglia rossa del leader  Photo   © Javier Belver/Unipublic
 

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