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DANIELE BENNATI ROUNDS OUT LA VUELTA WITH 2ND IN MADRID AS ALBERTO CONTADOR SEALS 4TH OVERALL PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:28

Stage 21 presented one final sprint opportunity at the Vuelta a España for the peloton as the race rolled into Madrid for its conclusion after a hard three weeks of racing. Eager to set up Daniele Bennati for one more shot at a stage win, the team delivered him for the sprint where he nearly took the win, only being overtaken by one in the dying metres.

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Daniele Bennati rounds out La Vuelta with 2nd in Madrid as Alberto Contador seals 4th overall
 
 
Stage 21 presented one final sprint opportunity at the Vuelta a España for the peloton as the race rolled into Madrid for its conclusion after a hard three weeks of racing. Eager to set up Daniele Bennati for one more shot at a stage win, the team delivered him for the sprint where he nearly took the win, only being overtaken by one in the dying metres.
 
After three gruelling weeks with searing temperatures, numerous uphill finishes, bad luck and crashes to negotiate, the race was finally ready to come to a conclusion. As with the other Grand Tours, the final stage is some what of a procession until the finishing circuits where the sprinters come to the fore, and today in Madrid followed the same format.
 
The riders were able to savour their achievements on the road towards Madrid before the pace soon picked up on the city centre streets where they tackled ten laps of a 5.8km circuit. A four rider break soon went clear but the stage was always destined to finish in a sprint and come the final lap the race was all back together as teams vied for the front to set up their sprinters.
 
The team had to overcome a late mechanical for Alberto but they brought him back in a good way before turning the focus to the sprint. After a big turn by Manuele Boaro in the final kilometres, it was over to Michael Gogl as the last rider to position Daniele for the sprint. Launching his effort quite early, Daniele dug deep but was passed in the dying metres, leaving him in second place.
 
For his efforts in lighting up the racing over the course of the Vuelta, Alberto was awarded with the award of most combative rider in what is the team’s final Grand Tour. Another race to remember.


It was close on the line but Daniele came just short of taking the stage win. Photo by Bettini Photo

Alberto said after the hype had died down: "I enjoyed racing at the Vuelta but, obviously, I am not happy with the fourth place. This was not at all our goal at the start, our aim was to win. Yesterday, we lost the podium spot but this doesn't worry me. I could say I am satisfied overall with the way I raced and we lived a few days of incredible cycling that thrilled the crowds.
 
"I will now discuss with the team what the schedule is for the end of the season. We will see what we can achieve in terms of WorldTour Team ranking. This being the final year of Tinkoff it is important to close the curtain on a high note. Last but certainly not least, I would like to express my gratitude to the Spanish public. Their support made me hang on and not abandon.  In every village and town we went through it was amazing to hear them cheering me. I feel fortunate to be able to live that."
 
“It was the traditional procession today, and it nearly always finishes in a sprint here,” Sport Director Sean Yates added. “Benna got close and the team did a good job as always. The pace was high out there – Alberto had a bit of a mechanical but the guys brought him back well. Then Boaro and Gogl did a good job in the final, before Benna gave a good effort and came up short, but not for a lack of trying.
 
“If you look back, we went for it and the guys gave their maximum. Alberto had the massive set back with the crash and lost energy that he would never get back during the race. All in all, though it was a good tour. There was a good ambience and the guys helped each other as much as they could. Yesterday was disappointing and the result wasn’t as we wanted but as Alberto said, we didn’t come here to finish third, we came to win.”
 
Stage Result
 
1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) ORICA-BikeExchange 2:48:52
2. Daniele Bennati (ITA) Tinkoff +00:00:00
3. Gianni Meersman (BEL) Etixx – Quickstep +00:00:00
4. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) Dimension Data +00:00:00
5. Nikias Arndt (GER) Team Giant-Alpecin +00:00:00
 
67. Yuri Trofimov (RUS) Tinkoff +00:00:00
68. Alberto Contador (SPA) Tinkoff +00:00:00
77. Michael Gogl (AUT) Tinkoff +00:00:25
80. Jesús Hernández (SPA) Tinkoff +00:00:25
92. Sergio Paulinho (POR) Tinkoff +00:00:25
106. Manuele Boaro (ITA) Tinkoff +00:01:00
123. Ivan Rovny (RUS) Tinkoff +00:01:17
 
Final GC
 
1. Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar 83:31:28
2. Christopher Froome (GBR) Team Sky +00:01:23
3. Esteban Chaves (COL) ORICA-BikeExchange +00:04:08
 
4. Alberto Contador (SPA) Tinkoff +00:04:21
35. Yuri Trofimov (RUS) Tinkoff +01:32:26
43. Jesús Hernández (SPA) Tinkoff +01:46:35
68. Michael Gogl (AUT) Tinkoff +02:46:17
99. Ivan Rovny (RUS) Tinkoff +03:27:22
107. Daniele Bennati (ITA) Tinkoff +03:35:23
115. Sergio Paulinho (POR) Tinkoff +03:48:36
147. Manuele Boaro (ITA) Tinkoff +04:47:36
 
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Tinkoff is a UCI WorldTour pro cycling racing team that is owned by Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov with the explicit aim to become the greatest cycling team in the world.
 
Tinkoff Bank is an innovative provider of online retail financial services operating in Russia through a high-tech branchless platform. The bank was founded in 2006 by a Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov to service clients in the Russian financial services market. In 2009, the bank started to attract retail deposits, and is a member of the national deposit insurance system.Being one of the leaders in the Russian credit card market, as of 1 March 2015, the bank issued over 5 mn credit cards.

In 2013, The Banker magazine, the world's premier banking and finance resource and Financial Times Group member, named Tinkoff Bank the Bank of the Year and the most profitable bank in Russia. In 2012, Global Finance magazine and Banki.ru portal presented Tinkoff Bank with the Best Internet Retail Bank in Russia award. In 2014 and 2013, Tinkoff mobile bank app was recognized the best by Deloitte, and in 2014, the internet bank of Tinkoff Bank was deemed the most effective in Russia by Markswebb Rank & Report agency.
 
 
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