Felix Grossschartner wins Vuelta a Burgos opening stage

Felix Grossschartner (Bora-hansgrohe) won the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos after a brutal attack on the final hill to the finish.

In the first Spanish race since the season was suspended in March, Grossschartner pulled clear with 700m remaining and finished eight seconds ahead of Joao Almeida (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

“I’m super happy. I checked the parcours yesterday and I saw it wasn’t a bad finish for me,” said Grossschartner.

“I have to say thanks to the team, they brought me to the perfect position on the last corner at the beginning of the climb. Then it was like the speed stopped a bit, so I went full gas and said, what can happen? If they catch me, they catch me. It’s always better to be in front than to have to chase.”

Vuelta a Burgos 2020 – stage 1 results (Catedral de Burgos – Mirador del Castillo):

1 Felix Grossschartner (Bora-hansgrohe)

3:40:21

2 Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

+08”

3 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

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4 Alex Aranburu (Astana)

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5 Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren)

+10”

6 David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ)

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7 Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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8 Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe)

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9 Matteo Trentin (CCC)

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10 Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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