A 10-man breakaway decided today’s race to Caravaca de la Cruz in the Spanish 2.1-race Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia 17 minutes ahead of the peloton. With one rider from all the big WorldTour-teams in the breakaway, it wasn’t clear who should do the work in the peloton.
“I decided that it wasn’t up to us to close the gap, so the lack of results today is mostly on me”, says directeur sportif Michael Skelde. “There were other teams today who had a bigger reason to pull, so we remained passive. It’s a bit of an empty feeling after the race, but that’s how it is sometimes.”
With the top 10 out of reach, Dutch rider Martijn Budding sprinted to a 7th place in the peloton up the exciting finish that went through narrow streets of the Spanish town. The Norwegians Sindre Lunke and Kristian Aasvold also finished with the peloton, why Michael Skelde still sees the initial goal of a rider in the overall top 20 as an opportunity.
“The guys finished strong with the peloton, so we’ll look ahead to tomorrow’s stage, where we can hopefully put a bigger mark on the race, than today”, ends Michael Skelde.
Tomorrow’s stage is also in no shortage of climbs, yet with a flat finish 39 km from the last categorized climb.