David De La Cruz​ vince la 9a tappa della Vuelta di Spagna e sale al comando della generale pubblicato il 29/08/2016


DOMINGO 28 AGOSTO - ETAPA 9 - Cistierna / Oviedo. Alto del Naranco, 164.5km

 
 

 


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Lo spagnolo David De La Cruz​ vince la 9a tappa e sale vestendo la maglia rossa di leader della generale davanti a Quintana  © PhotoGomezSport/Unipublic
 
 
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David De La Cruz leads the Vuelta a España after maiden pro win

For the fourth time this season, an Etixx – Quick-Step rider sits at the top of a Grand Tour’s general classification
28-Aug-2016: Three days after renewing his contract with the team, David De La Cruz put in a masterful display on stage 9 of Vuelta a España (Cistierna – Alto del Naranco, 164.5 kilometers), soloing to the win and the red jersey, after being part of the 11-man escape which animated the day. Riding his home race for the third time, the Spaniard infiltrated himself in the big group that slipped away soon after the start and laid down an important workload on the front of the group, helping it take its lead north of five minutes, despite various skirmishes of other riders, who tried several moves.

At one point during the stage, with around 30 kilometers remaining, attacks flew from the front group and the advantage began to come down; David didn’t let himself get drawn into these games and patiently bided his time, deciding to go on the final descent together with Dries Devenyns (IAM Cycling). Together, they built a gap of 30 seconds on their former breakaway companions, which they extended on Alto del Naranco (5.7 kilometers, 6.1% average gradient).

Despite doing some long pulls at the front, David De La Cruz still had enough left in the legs to attack inside the last kilometer, speeding towards the finish and notching up his maiden pro victory. The 86th home rider to win a stage in the Vuelta a España since the inception of the race, the 27-year-old was over the moon after producing the most astonishing performance of his career, one which netted him a success he’ll never forget.

After being injured and sidelined due to health problems many times in the past two years, this victory repays me for all the hard work and the team for the confidence showed. The key moment was when I was with Devenyns and found out that we have a consistent gap on the guys chasing us. Then I knew I can do it. It’s incredible to ride in a race against the best in the world – riders like FroomeContadorValverde or Quintana – and take this beautiful win. Alto del Naranco is a fantastic climb, which I know very well from the Vuelta a Asturias, and to be on top here gives me a great and unique feeling”, said David after the dust had settled and he celebrated the result with his teammates, who came behind the podium to congratulate him as soon as they completed the stage.

Following his triumph on one of Spain’s most iconic ascents, David De La Cruz garnered more than one trip to the podium. As he finished three minutes ahead of the peloton – from which Gianluca Brambilla attacked in the closing meters – the Spaniard moved to the top of the overall standings and will now start stage 10 to Lagos de Covadonga in the red jersey, thus becoming the fourth Etixx – Quick-Step rider to lead a Grand Tour this year, after Marcel Kittel, Gianluca Brambilla and Bob Jungels all topped the Giro d’Italia GC.


“I can’t believe I’m the leader of the Vuelta a España! At the start of the day, when I went in the break, I was thinking of taking the win. During the stage, I wasn’t aware I can seize the jersey, it was only in the final two kilometers that I got this info from the team car. To lead my home race is the icing on the cake and I’ll savor every moment. I want to thank to my all my teammates and to sport director Jan Schaffrath, who kept me informed on what was happening during the stage and motivated me. The confidence of the team and of the guys was crucial and says a lot about how united and determined this team is.”

Etixx – Quick-Step concluded the first week of the Vuelta a España with three distinctive jerseys (red, green and white), three stage victories and as leader of the teams classification.

 



Vuelta a Espana #9: Anton does not start as breakaway wins again

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka down to 8 riders as Anton falls ill

David De la Cruz (Etixx-Quickstep) won stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana and also took the lead in the overall general classification. 2nd on the stage went to Dries Devenys (IAM Cycling) and Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Drapac) came home in 3rd place.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka did not have the best of day's as our African Team had to start today's stage without Igor Anton. Anton had been ill for the last 3 days and he was battling to keep down any fluids. Our Basque rider tried to battle through but with the excessive heat experienced in the opening week of La Vuelta, Anton's health was only deteriorating day by day.

Without our experienced climber, our African Team looked to find the break of the day from the start and our boys were very active from the gun. A number of teams wanted to make the break today as once again, it was all but certain that Movistar would let the escape decide the stage. Unfortunately, despite our team’s best efforts, 12 riders rode away from the peloton without a Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider present and that was the stage.

De la Cruz showed he was the strongest from the break and by crossing the line nearly 3'00" ahead of the GC contenders, the Spaniard also moved into the overall lead on the general classification. Omar Fraile was our best placed rider on the day, placing 33rd and finishing among all the main GC contenders. Our 7 other African Team riders all made it to the finish without any real hassle either.

Alex Sans Vega - Sport Director
It obviously wasn't a good day for us because Igor Anton had to go home. He was really trying to stay in the race the last three days’ but his health got worse last night. It is a shame, he was ready for this race and we will miss him. The stage also didn't go so well. We missed the break and we knew from the beginning that the winner will come from the break, like yesterday. It was our priority to be represented in the front but it did not happen. We just need to stay focused on the next stages.

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 #BicyclesChangeLivescampaign, 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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L'omaggio dei ciclisti italiani in corsa alla Vuelta di Spagna, alle vittime dell'ultimo terremoto del Centro Italia Photo © Graham Watson/Unipublic



David De La Cruz (Etixx - Quick-Step) festeggia la sua vittoria sul palco della 9a tappa della Vuelta di Spagna Photo © PhotoGomezSport/Unipublic


lo spagnolo David De La Cruz (Etixx - Quick-Step) intervistato quale vincitore della 9a tappa della Vuelta di Spagna Photo TV/Unipublic

Ordine d'arrivo 9a tappa Vuelta di Spagna 2016



1    David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step    3:47:56     
2    Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling    0:00:27     
3    Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac    0:00:33     
4    Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team    0:00:51     
5    Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling          
6    Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ    0:00:53     
7    Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18    0:00:58     
8    Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal    0:01:04     
9    Pello Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA          
10    Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team    0:01:10     

11    Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    0:01:26     
12    Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step    0:02:55     
13    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team    0:02:56     
14    Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team          
15    Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky          
16    Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team          
17    Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange          
18    Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team          
19    Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team          
20    Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky          
21    Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange          
22    Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          
23    Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac          
24    Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team    0:03:04     
25    Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          
26    Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida          
27    Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team          
28    George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo          
29    Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac          
30    Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ          
31    Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo          
32    Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data    0:03:09     
33    Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA          
34    Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
35    Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA          
36    Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky    0:03:14     
37    Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal          
38    Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha          
39    Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA    0:03:17     
40    Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
41    Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling          
42    Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie          
43    Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
44    Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team          
45    Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team    0:03:25     
46    Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo          
47    Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling          
48    José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 18          
49    Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac          
50    Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff Team    0:03:29
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Il nuovo leader della classifica, lo spagnolo  David De La Cruz (Etixx - Quick-Step) sul podio della 9a tappa della Vuelta di Spagna Photo  © J.A. Miguélez/Unipublic
Il leader della classifica, lo spagnolo  David De La Cruz (Etixx - Quick-Step) sul podio della 9a tappa della Vuelta di Spagna Photo © Javier Belver/Unipublic

Classifica Generale dopo la 9a tappa Vuelta di Spagna 2016

 



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Lo spagnolo David De La Cruz​ vince la 9a tappa e sale vestendo la maglia rossa di leader della generale davanti a Quintana © PhotoGomezSport/© Javier Belver/© J.A. Miguélez/ Unipublic
Lo spagnolo David De La Cruz​ vince la 9a tappa e sale vestendo la maglia rossa di leader della generale davanti a Quintana © PhotoGomezSport/© Javier Belver/© J.A. Miguélez/ Unipublic
Lo spagnolo David De La Cruz​ vince la 9a tappa e sale vestendo la maglia rossa di leader della generale davanti a Quintana © PhotoGomezSport/© Javier Belver/© J.A. Miguélez/ Unipublic
Lo spagnolo David De La Cruz​ vince la 9a tappa e sale vestendo la maglia rossa di leader della generale davanti a Quintana © PhotoGomezSport/© Javier Belver/© J.A. Miguélez/ Unipublic
Lo spagnolo David De La Cruz​ vince la 9a tappa e sale vestendo la maglia rossa di leader della generale davanti a Quintana © PhotoGomezSport/© Javier Belver/© J.A. Miguélez/ Unipublic
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