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by Mark Zalewski
August 5, 2016
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Points leader Danny Van Poppel (Sky) took his second sprint stage win at the Vuelta a Burgos, extending his lead in the competition. Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC) and Gianni Meersman (Etixx-QuickStep) rounded out the podium.
“I’m really happy. I didn’t expect to win today because it was a pretty hard final,” Van Poppel explained after the stage.
“I suffered a lot, especially on the last climb and I was one of the last guys at the back. The team did a great job. They helped me and waited for me, then when we got back to the front they pulled full gas to take back a strong break. The lead-out was perfect!
After a long and wide run-in, with speeds upwards of 65 km/h, two sharp, 90-degree turns inside the final 200 metres made the difference, with Van Poppel coming out of them in first and able to hold the most speed because of it. He easily rode away from the other sprinters with a two bike advantage on the line.
Dimitriy Gruzdev (Astana) remains in the overall lead after he took the jersey from Van Poppel on the second stage team time trial. Meersman stays in a close third place, three seconds back.