He is the best when it gets really steep – Purito also impressively demonstrated this on stage 12 of the Vuelta. After 190, mainly flat kilometers up to the mountain top finish on the Mirador de Ézaro the wiry Catalan got the better of countryman Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and secured his second stage win on his Aeroad CF during this 67th installment of the Vuelta a España.
Purito further extended his overall lead to 13 seconds over Contador and 51 seconds on Chris Froome (Team Sky) with his second stage victory of the event.
On today’s stage 13 the riders must overcome around 172 km on the route from Santiago de Compostela to Ferrol. The slightly undulating course will be above all one for the sprinters to think about.
On Saturday the stage will be again clear for the climbers. There are 4 climbs that need to be overcome before the riders reach the mountain top finish on the Puerto Ancares in the province of Léon. The final climb is 9.5 km long and has an average gradient of around 8.1 percent, ideal conditions for Purito and the Katusha team to scoop yet another stage victory. Stage 14 is set to be a key one in the battle for overall victory and is certain to deliver some exciting duels out on the road.
Congratulations to Purito! We are very proud and wish our team the best of luck for the remainder of the race!