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De La Cruz wins final day time trial as Wellens claims Andalucia overall title

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David De La Cruz (Team Sky) has won the last stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia as Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) secured the overall victory.

De La Cruz stopped the clock at 17 minutes and 11 seconds on the 14.2km time trial. Andrey Amador (Movistar), Stef Clement (LottoNL-Jumbo), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) and Marc Soler (Movistar) set good times but nobody came close to De La Cruz.

“It’s a really special feeling to take my first victory with Team Sky”, said De La Cruz. “Yesterday I felt really good during the stage, but in the end it didn’t really work out how we wanted, but we worked really well as a team“.

“This morning I wanted to do the best I could do and I didn’t know if I could take the victory or not. I felt good warming up and I said to myself, ‘David, you must go full gas’ and it’s really nice to have my first win in Team Sky colours.”

Wellens, who finished the stage over an hour after De La Cruz, finished eighth on the stage and won the overall title by eight seconds over former race leader Wout Poels. Poels completed the course three seconds faster than Wellens and finished sixth in the stage standings. However, it wasn’t enough to overhaul the 11-second deficit he began the day with.

Vuelta a Andalucia 2018 – stage 5 results (Barbate – Barbate ITT:

1David De La Cruz (Team Sky)

17:11

2Andrey Amador (Movistar)

+06”

3Stef Clement (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+07”

4Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale)

+08”

5Marc Soler (Movistar)

+09”

6Wout Poels (Team Sky)

+11”

7Dylan Van Baarle (Team Sky)

+12”

8Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

+14”

9Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

+24”

10Luis León Sanchez (Astana)

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Final general classification:

1Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

17:41:50

2Wout Poels (Team Sky)

+08”

3Marc Soler (Movistar)

+27”

4Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

+30”

5Luis León Sanchez (Astana)

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6Mikel Landa (Movistar)

+42”

7Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+01’19”

8Simon Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac)

+01’41”

9Andrey Amador (Movistar)

+01’51”

10Chris Froome (Team Sky)

+01’57”