Stage 4 of this Vuelta was just the thing for the sprinters, with a massive and final finish on the Spanish coast in Barcelona. And it was Dries van Gestel who stood out for the Team with a TOP 5.
The art of placement for our Belgian warrior
Very well placed in the last 20 kilometres, Dries van Gestel slipped in and out to keep himself alive at the front of the race. Our Belgian rider battled on long enough to reach Tarragona, in the lead with 10 other rivals. A crash in the final metres crushed the group and allowed Dries to take the lead, eventually finishing in the TOP 5.
A very good result for the Team, the fruit of a collective effort.
The words of Dries :
“There’s no such thing as an easy day on a grand tour… The last 40 kilometres were nervous. At 15 kilometres, the roundabouts and city crossings were twisty. I was well helped by the team who put me well in front. At the last bend I was in a good position but with the crash a gap opened up and I couldn’t close it, so I went for it early.”