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(Team Dimension Data) Vuelta a Burgos #3: Merhawi Kudus moves into 3rd onto GC after 4th place finish with Anton 5th

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Friday, 10 August 2018

Vuelta a Burgos #3: Merhawi Kudus moves into 3rd onto GC after 4th place finish with Anton 5th

It was a really good day for our team on stage three of the Vuelta a Burgos that finished atop the stunning Pico Blanco.

Merhawi Kudus and Igor Anton finished fourth and fifth, respectively, battling it out with all the main contenders on the tough final climb. While Louis Meintjes was 13th and Amanuel Gebreigzabhier rounded out the top-20.

The stage was won by Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) with Ivan Sosa second, the two playing a dueling it out to the delight of the crowd in the final throes of the day, with David de la Cruz finishing third, 32 seconds behind.

Kudus’ strong performance today, and in the previous stages, also sees him now into a podium spot on the GC, into third, with Anton now fifth in the category and Meintjes ninth.

Lopez now moves into the yellow jersey, two seconds ahead of Sosa with Kudus 27 seconds behind in third, with two stages to come.

Merhawi Kudus – Rider

This is one of the hardest stages in this race. So at the bottom of the final climb; Louis, Igor Amanuel and myself were trying for different options, so myself and Igor were in the first group. I was feeling great but wasn’t able to follow Lopez or the other guys. I was looking for the jersey, especially with 1km to go, where it was 14s to Lopez but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. It was a great effort by the team, we tried our best and it was a really good day.

Results/Vuelta a Burgos - Stage 3 - Sedano › Espinosa de los Monteros (Picon Blanco)

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team3:59:30 
2Ivan Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
3David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky0:00:32 
4Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data  
5Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data  
6Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:00:52 
7Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:57 
8Rein Taaramäe (Est) Direct Energie0:01:04 
9Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:06 
10Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:22 
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