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Vuelta a Espana

Rein Taaramäe close to repeating his stunt

Rein Taaramäe showed his specialty again this Saturday by battling for the stage win on a mountain top finish at the end of a long breakaway. The double Vuelta stage winner fought on the Alto de la Colladona, the first of six climbs of the day, to join a leading group of ten riders in this eight stage leading towards the unprecedented Colláu Fancuaya.

Taaramäe was accompanied by other strong climbers and contributed to keep the advantage on the peloton above four minutes for most of the stage. The leading group eventually started the final climb Colláu Fancuaya (10 km at 8%) with a three minute gap. The Estonian climber managed his effort in pursuit behind Jay Vine, the stage winner on Pico Jano. Taaramäe finished third on the top and repeats his performance on the Etna in the latest Giro.

« I worked very hard to prepare this Tour of Spain and I'm probably in the best shape of my life. I felt good and I was confident, but Jay Vine was just incredible. When he accelerated with 6 kilometer to go, I didn't immediately have an answer. On such a regular climb it can be risky to dig deep, because there are never possibilities to recover. So I chose to climb at my rhythm, hoping for a difficult moment for Vine and a chance on the stage win for me. But in the end he was the strongest today so I had to settle with the podium. We'll keep trying.  »

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