Edmondson 18th as Nieve drops out of top-10 after tough stage 13 TT at La Vuelta

Tue 3 Nov 2020

Australian Alex Edmondson was Mitchelton-SCOTT’s top finisher today in 18th place on a tough stage 13 time trial at La Vuelta a España.

Mikel Nieve battled to try and hold onto his top-10 placing overall in a difficult discipline for the Basque climber and now sits 13th in the general classification with five stages to go.

Time Attack

Edmondson was the first rider down the start ramp for Mitchelton-SCOTT and the former national road champion was the fastest of the early runners, setting a time of 48’24” to put him on top of the standings. French time trial champion Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck - Quick Step) eventually knocked the 26-year-old off the top spot, with the Australian eventually finishing in 18th place on the day.

It was a simple case of making it through the day for Callum Scotson, Dion Smith and Rob Stannard as the trio safely navigated the 33.7km course without any difficulties. Ethiopian time trial champion Tsgabu Grmay also ticked off the only time trial of this year’s race, with his focus on the remaining road stages to come.

Looking Ahead
Nick Schultz put in a solid ride to take 34th on the stage, 3'02" down on the fastest time, before Colombian Esteban Chaves crossed the line in a time of 50'51". Both riders will now turn their attentions to the final five stages, with a number of opportunities on the hilly days to come.

Nieve was the last rider down the ramp for the team, with the verteran looking to hold onto his top-10 in the overall standings. Nieve was one of a host of riders who changed bikes ahead of the final, with the 36-year-old jumping onto his road bike for the steep 1.8km ramp up to the finish.

The multiple Grand Tour stage winner stopped the clock in a time of 51’26” and it was then a case of waiting to see how the remaining GC contenders would fare. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) went on to set the fastest and take the stage win, with the reshuffle in the standings dropping Nieve to 13th overall.

Alex Edmondson:
"It was a pretty solid, lumpy old day, then finished up a ridiculously steep climb. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go, I haven’t really done any TT's longer than 20 minutes. So, it was more just about wanting to see the experience and what I can do, and how the form is.

"I tried to ride pretty controlled and whatever I have left, do it on the climb. I felt like I was going up a vertical wall at the finish there. But I think I can be happy with what I’ve done, I did PB's so you can’t really ask much more than that." 

Mikel Nieve: 
"It was a hard TT, I’ve spent too much time maybe without touching the TT bike. But anyway, it has not been my day, I wasn’t moving really good, so I just tried to arrive as quick as possible and that’s it.

"Now we will continue fighting until Madrid, we’ll see what we can fight for, the top-10 in GC or a stage. We will keep fighting every day and we’ll see what happens, today was a bad day and tomorrow that can happen to the others."

La Vuelta a España - Stage 13 Results:
1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 46:39
2. Will Barta (CCC Team) +0:01
3. Nelson Oliveira (Movistar Team) +0:10
18. Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +01:45

La Vuelta – General Classification after Stage 13:
1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 49:16:16
3. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) +0:39
3. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) +0:47
13. Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +11:19

Photo Courtesy of Bettini Photo.