LA VUELTA A ESPAÑA - STAGE 11 GUILLAUME MARTIN, HARD WORK PAYS OFF
For the 5th day in a row this Saturday afternoon, Guillaume Martin has been wearing the polka-dot jersey of the best climber. But he knew better than anyone else that he had to work hard this Saturday to keep it. "I will do everything I can to attack again", ensured the leader of the Cofidis team at the start of the race. As long as I have energy, I will keep trying". And it seems that he had it from the beginning of the stage.
At the end of the climb of the Alto de la Colladona, he joins a group of eight riders. And it is him who gains 10 precious points on the summit of the Alto de la Cobertaria. A few kilometres later, at the Puerta de San Lorenzo, Guillaume takes the lead again. This is enough to take a big gap on his rivals in the best climber classification.
After that, the leader of the Cofidis team stayed in the breakaway for a long time before being left behind with 4 km to go. But the mission of the day was thus successful: Guillaume managed to consolidate his polka-dot jersey as best climber. This is also his 5th stages finished in the 'top 10' of this Vuelta.
Tomorrow, hillsides at 23.5%.
Tomorrow, the stage will be short, of course, but just as tough. On the program: 109,4 km of which 12,4 km of one of the roughest climbs of the race, the Alto de l'Angliru. There, it will be necessary to call upon one' s resistance capacities as well as ability to surpass oneself and to hold on.
The climb that awaits the riders is 23,5% and even those who will take it by car are a little bit anxious. After the climax of the Vuelta tomorrow evening, everybody will be able to take a break and finally enjoy a well-deserved second day of rest.
GUILLAUME MARTIN SAID...
"It remains a very good day where I had the opportunity to score points for the best climber. It is clear that I could have scored more. After that, I certainly left a lot of power in this battle, which prevented me from fighting for the stage victory. But what is important to remember is the regularity that I have shown since the beginning of this Vuelta where I try to be always at the front. And I am going to do everything I can to continue like this.”