For the second consecutive day, CCC Team’s riders were very aggressive early on with Paweł Bernas and Jonas Koch trying to break away and opening a small gap at one point.
Eventually, the move of the day was made on the first category one climb, when a group of 22 men pulled away and kept increasing their lead until the gap reached eight minutes with 25 kilometers to go.
The stage winner came from that breakaway and it was Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) who dropped all of his opponents and reached the top of the final climb, which was 17.8 kilometers long at an average gradient of 6.2 percent, by himself.
CCC Team’s riders were part of the big peloton until the bottom of the decisive ascent and in the end, it was Barta who was the team’s top finisher.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
Jackson Stewart, Sports Director
“This stage didn’t turn out as hard as everyone predicted since the pace in the peloton was relatively steady and modest until the finale. The peloton was all together until the start of the final climb so our sprinters and Classic riders were able to ride up it and make the time cut without too much stress. The second week is in the books and we are looking forward to tomorrow’s rest day to recover and get ready for the final part of the race. Everyone is motivated to finish the Vuelta off on a high note. There are a few stages that suit us and we will try to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself in the upcoming days.”
Stage 16: Pravia > Alto de La Cubilla (188km)
Top 3: 1. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) 2. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) 3. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)
CCC Team Top 3: 72. Will Barta 78. Nathan Van Hooydonck 87. Francisco Ventoso