Marc Soler claims long-awaited La Vuelta stage win

Catalan allrounder crowns excellent job from Blues at home in Navarra stage through San Miguel de Aralar, notches up first triumph post-pandemic for Telefónica-backed squad

Leaving behind challenging times for both the Movistar Team and the entire cycling family, Marc Soler brought the Blues a smile back to their faces with a success full of talent and team-work on day two of the 2020 La Vuelta, a 151km route from the team's home city Pamplona to Lekunberri with three categorized climbs, including the final ascent to San Miguel de Aralar (Cat-1).

Marc Soler: "I'm so happy with this victory. We were racing at home, we were so motivated to be riding in Navarra, next to the team's headquarters, and together with our sports directors, we had already planned before the start we wanted to give it a try from the top of Urbasa. We started pulling there and everything simply went perfect from that moment on. Arcas, Imanol, Nelson and Rojillas always kept the pace high on the flat, then Carlos put on a really good performance from the bottom of the climb, and I tried to pick it up from that. I struggled a bit into the final meters of the climb because I had worked so hard, but as I saw that they were slowing down into the descent and I was coming back, I took advantage from the fact that I was maybe at 2x speed from them, I tried to pass them without anyone getting to my wheel - and I went on to the finish. We were so excited and willing to do well here - we actually did a recon of this very stage in the weekend, just before travelling to Irún. It's my first ever victory in a Grand Tour and I'm so, so happy. This team already deserved some reward after so many efforts and such a difficult season. I can only thank the team for their support and everyone who has been by my side in these months."

Source: Movistar Press Release
Photo Gomez Sport / Movistar Team

Add date: 22.10.2020
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