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Published on 08-31-2023

A podium on the Vuelta

Barely a day after his first entry in the TOP 5, Dries Van Gestel has done it again with a superb third place on stage 5.

 

Another massive finish

If the profile of stage 5 was similar to that of stage 4, so was the finish. After 180 hilly kilometres, another massive finish was on the cards. Dries Van Gestel was once again well placed and managed to infiltrate the front of the race, but not without a struggle.

The Belgian took third place after a mass sprint, followed by Geoffrey Soupe in 8th place.

 

Dries’ reaction

“Same as yesterday, the stage was easy at the start but with a very fast finish. I had a lot of help from Fabien Doubey to stay in front, avoid crashes and get to grips with the roundabouts. In the last bend I had lost a few places so I had to accelerate quite early. I was a bit stuck on the right-hand side, close to the barriers. I manoeuvred well but by the time I got into position, we’d already arrived.”