Nathan Haas powers to stage win in Vuelta a Burgos

Nathan Haas put the icing on the cake for Team Dimension Data during stage 4 of the Vuelta a Burgos, powering to the victory in Lerme ahead of Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC Racing) and Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac). 

A 700m cobbled climb in the end made it a perfect stage for Haas who was given the nod by his teammates to go for the win and he didn’t disappoint. After a great lead-out from his teammates, he was clearly the fastest in the uphill sprint, relegating Jempy Drucker to a third runner-up spot in four days of racing.

Gianni Meersman could only manage fifth but as there was a 3-second split behind the first 7 riders, he gained enough time to take the lead. He is now tied on time with the Astana pair of Dmitriy Gruzdev and Michele Scarponi but he is unlikely to defend his position in the final stage which is the queen stage.

The 163km between Caleruega and Lagunas De Neila follow the traditional pattern as a mostly flat first half with just two small category 3 climbs leads to the difficult second half. Here the category 2 climb of Alto del Gargardero serves as a warm-up before the riders get to the finishing circuit. They will first tackle the category 2 climb of Alto del Collado before they get to the final climb for the first time. This time they won’t go all the way to the top and instead they will start a descent with 30km to go before tackling the Alto del Collado for the second time. At the top, only 11km remain and they consist of a short descent and the final 7.8km climb which averages 8.76%. The first three kilometres aren’t that hard but then the climb gets really difficult. The third last kilometre averages 9.7%, the penultimate kilometre is the steepest at 11.9% and then it eases off a bit in the end as the final kilometre is ‘only’ uphill at 7.5%.

Nathan Haas: “Vuelta a Burgos has been a fantastic opportunity for us, the group that is going to the Vuelta a Espana, to come together and really create a good energy. I’ve always been a firm believer that teamwork makes wins happen, it doesn’t happen purely because someone is good or strong. It happens because the whole team is together and doing exactly what they need to. The last 3 days we have had some absolutely fantastic moments and we’ve also had some misfortune, which is probably why hadn’t had a victory yet this week. Today the team committed for me, which is a responsibility I take very seriously. I don’t ask to lead a race unless I think I can win it. So a huge thanks to the guys for believing in me and I think the way we are working here is really exciting coming into the Vuelta a Espana. I think we will see something pretty exciting in the next month”.

Vuelta a Burgos 2016 – stage 4 results (Aranda de Duero – Lerma):

1 Nathan Haas (Dimension Data)

3:15:42

2 Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC)

,,

3 Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac)

,,

4 Danny Van Poppel (Sky)

,,

5 Aleksei Tsatevich (Katusha)

,,

6 Gianni Meersman (Etixx – Quick-Step)

,,

7 Loic Vliegen (BMC)

,,

8 Eduard Grosu (Nippo – Vini Fantini)

+03”

9 Zico Waeytens (Giant-Alpecin)

,,

10 Karol Domagalski (ONE)

,,

 

General classification after stage 4:

1 Gianni Meersman (Etixx – Quick-Step)

11:36:46

2 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana)

,,

3 Dario Cataldo (Astana)

,,

4 Michele Scarponi (Astana)

,,

5 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)

+03”

6 Ruben Fernandez (Movistar)

,,

7 Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar)

,,

8 Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)

,,

9 David De La Cruz (Etixx – Quick-Step)

,,

10 Pieter Serry (Etixx – Quick-Step)

,,

FEATURED · RACES AND RESULTS
dimension data gianni meersman Jean-Pierre Drucker nathan haas vuelta a burgos

Dialogue & Discussion