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Vuelta a España draws to a close with traditional bunch sprint finish in Madrid

CCC Team’s five remaining rider crossed the line in the Spanish capital after 18 stages, starting in Irún, which saw Will Barta secure a career-best result on the stage 14 time trial, missing out on the stage win by a single second.

Alongside the American rider, Georg Zimmermann, in his Grand Tour debut, the young CCC Team duo rode consistently well in the main General Classification groups on many of the summit finishes and end the race just outside the top 20 overall in 21st and 22nd place.

Earlier in the race, CCC Team’s Italian sprinter Jakub Mareczko, secured third and fifth place on stages four and nine respectively.

Quotes From the Finish Line

Will Barta:

“I really enjoyed this Vuelta. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity (hopefully) to be racing into November with the changing colors and season. I was happy with my performance in the race, as when I compare it to last year it was a big step up. It was a great team atmosphere for the three weeks and so while it is sad to be ending the time with the team, it was a nice conclusion.”

Jan Hirt:

“It’s definitely been a difficult race but I think we have had a good time as a team and, although we didn’t finish with a lot of results on paper, I think we have raced well together. With everything going on, and a lot of people doubting that we would make it here, I am happy to be reaching Madrid, the organization has done a great job to get us to stage 18 safely. Now, with the season wrapped up, it’s time to thank the team for the last year and focus on some recovery time before the work for next year begins.”

Michał Paluta:

“It feels great to finish this Vuelta, my first Grand Tour. It was a really hard race, harder than I thought it would be before the start. With the current situation in Spain, and around Europe, we didn’t know if the race would finish after one or two weeks and not many people believed that we would reach Madrid today but here we are. I feel exhausted but also happy to finish the last race of this season and enjoy last day in our team. We really had a great atmosphere here for almost one whole month together. My first goal was to finish this race but also I wanted to show myself a little bit more on some stages but those breakaway days were the hardest ones as almost 80 percent of the peloton was waiting for them. However, over the last three weeks I have learned more than in last few years and for sure I took my body to a higher level.”

Łukasz Wiśniowski:

“This was a nice Vuelta a España. I was really happy to race in Spain and that we were able to reach the final stage safely during this pandemic. We had a great team here with some good results and I enjoyed every stage. I have been suffering a little bit over the last few stages but despite that, I’m super happy to have made it to Madrid and to end the 2020 season here.”

Georg Zimmermann:

“I am happy to have reached the end of the Vuelta a España. I have absolutely loved my first Grand Tour and I was surprised that I could be so good and it’s really nice that I showed my best performance at the final final race of the season. I am definitely feeling a big mix of tiredness and happiness here at the finish line in Madrid and looking forward now to the future after a good final race with CCC Team.”

Race Profile

Vuelta a España

Stage 18:

Top 3: 1. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe) 2. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) 3. Max Kanter (Team Sunweb)

CCC Team Top 3: 19. Łukasz Wiśniowski 24. Michał Paluta 87. Georg Zimmermann

Top 3 on GC: 1. Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo – Visma) 2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) 3. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling)

CCC Team Top 3 on GC: 21. Georg Zimmermann 22. Will Barta 56. Jan Hirt

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