CCC Team started stage 15 without Patrick Bevin who left to recover and prepare for the World Championships so, the team continues the race with six riders after Víctor de la Parte crashed out in the first week.
The beginning of the stage was mostly flat or gently uphill and it saw multiple attacks coming from different teams, including CCC Team. After one of them, a small group went clear and opened up a one-minute 30-second lead but, the peloton was not too happy with its composition and pushed the pace up the first category one climb, to catch the attackers near the top. The day’s main breakaway was formed on the downhill when 19 riders pulled away and gained five minutes on the bunch with CCC Team’s riders.
In the end, the stage was won by one of the escapees, Sepp Kuss (Team Jumbo-Visma), who went away on the last climb and took the solo win. Van Hooydonck was the first rider from CCC Team to arrive at the top of the final ascent.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
Jackson Stewart, Sports Director
“Today was another very tough stage for our sprinters and Classic riders with four long and steep climbs. We needed to manage ourself for the stages ahead that suit our guys better and we did just that. We have already shown, on the previous stages, that we can do well in the sprints and breakaways as we have finished in the top ten on a few occasions. That’s our focus for the final week of racing in Spain.”
Stage 15: Tineo > Santuario del Acebo (154.4km)
Top 3: 1. Sepp Kuss (Team Jumbo-Visma) 2. Ruben Guerreiro (Team Katusha Alpecin) 3. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)
CCC Team Top 3: 100. Nathan Van Hooydonck 106. Jonas Koch 107. Will Barta