Katusha Team’s Purito Rodriguez has taken the race lead at the Vuelta a España.
After four stages, Purito moved into first place in general classification as he was 18th on the mountaintop finish of Valdezcaray riding his Katusha Team Canyon Aeroad CF. Previous race leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) crashed with 30km to go and lost the race lead.
After the stage, “I didn’t expect to take the jersey today” explained Purito Rodriguez, “so obviously I’m happy, but I’d rather have won yesterday’s stage. This doesn’t change anything: this race lead gives me strong motivation to achieve my goal, which is a good position in the final classification.
The time gaps are still very narrow and anything can happen.
At first, we didn’t realize Valverde was involved in the crash, but when his Movistar teammate told me. I asked my Katusha teammates to stop riding; I’m not criticizing the choice of other teams, but I thought it was the right thing to do”.