Tadej Pogacar returns solo to win the Vuelta a Andalucia stage 1
Slovenian attacks on last climb to distance Landa, Rodríguez and Buitrago
Two days after dominating on his season debut at the Clássica Jaén Paraíso Interior, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) repeated his performance in the opening stage of the Vuelta a Andalucía. The Slovenian started the five-day stage as the favorite for overall glory.
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He wasted no time in setting a marker for his GC rivals, attacking with 12.5km to go on a steep, twisting climb and riding solo to the finish in Santiago de la Espada. “Today once again the teamwork was great, we did a nice job and our guys led me to the last climb at a very very high pace which I really liked,” Pogacar said later.
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Pogacar now holds a solid lead after just one day of racing, with just the three men in the chasing group within a minute and a selection of other possible GC contenders at 1:30 back.
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