Good joob by Juan Pedro López in the demanding Picón Blanco
40ª Vuelta Ciclista a Burgos
Stage 3: Sedano-Picón Blanco (149 km)
The Spaniard Juan Pedro López finished 25th in the toughest stage of the Vuelta a Burgos, with the end at the summit of the Picón Blanco, a fundamental stage for the resolution of the general classification of the Burgos round in which the Colombian Miguel Ángel López (Astana) won ahead of his compatriot Iván Ramiro Sosa (Androni Giocattoli).
López, the climber of Madrid’s group, faced a good part of the ascent to the colossus of the Cantabrian Mountains within the group of illustrious people. With the outbreak of hostilities, the Andalusian stayed close to the head, finally reaching 2:36 from the winner.
“I’m happy, it went up very fast, but little by little I was feeling better and at my own pace I was recovering positions. The team has done a great job for me today,” said a López who is in 24th place in the overall standings after the third stage. For his part, Alejandro Ropero from Granada, in his first race as a stagiaire, completed a remarkable climb, reaching the summit in 48th place, at 6:42 of Superman López.
The first of the two mountain stages of the Tour of Burgos repeated the script of the previous days, with a breakaway that opened the race until its final neutralization in the final climb. In this third stage, the escape took a little longer to consolidate. Diego Pablo Sevilla was initially involved in his search, without success. Guest star in that fight, the Madrid native crossed in second place the flying goal of Quintanilla Escalada.
This Friday, the fourth stage of the Tour of Burgos will highlight the Camino de Cid with a 165-kilometre route between the Monastery of San Pedro Cardeña and the Roman city of Clunia; the finish line is after about three kilometres uphill, with ramps of up to 6% at the end.
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