Moreno wins in Burgos
Spaniard wins GC as Chaves takes final stage
Last Updated: August 5, 2012 6:08pm
Moreno: All smiles on the podium
Daniel Moreno produced a dogged display of climbing to wrap up the overall victory at the Vuelta a Burgos after Esteban Chaves had sealed the final stage win.
Moreno had began the day with a 13-second margin but the fifth and final stage was always going to prove pivotal with no less than seven categorised climbs and a summit finish up the hors-categorie Lagunas de Neila.
The Spaniard’s Katusha team joined forces with Rabobank and Euskaltel to bring back the day’s main break which included Team Sky’s Ian Stannard, and then Moreno worked hard to limit his losses at the end to win the race by 10 seconds.
Team Sky rider Sergio Henao finished second overall and had broken clear with Chaves (Colombia) 4.5km from the line. The duo worked together effectively during the closing period but it was Chaves who ultimately sealed a narrow stage triumph.
Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was the next rider home, 11 seconds adrift, with Moreno’s fouth-placed finish enough to secure the overall victory.
After a disappointing display on Saturday, Team Sky were active from the off once again with Juan Antonio Flecha moving clear and taking the first intermediate sprint points before British champion Stannard made it into a five-man break on the first of those seven categorised ascents.
The quintet, which also included Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia), Sergio Pardilla (Movistar), Jérémie Galland (Saur – Sojasun) and Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEDGE) saw their advantage grow to over four minutes before the chase was stepped up behind.
Stannard was the first rider over the Alto del Cargadero, but dropped back to help his team-mates as Pantano and Pardilla moved clear on the first-category Alto de Pasil de Rozavientos.
That duo were hauled back as they began the final climb of the day, and the pace that Rigberto Urán set on those early slopes thinned out the field dramatically before he peeled off and let Team Sky team-mate Henao race clear.
Only Chaves had enough left in the tank to bridge over and the pair worked together excellently before Chaves edged ahead for his first victory of the season.