It wasn't necessarily expected today but there was a running movement on the 1st ascent of the day. So I was able to integrate the breakaway and take points in the mountain standings. I put in a lot of effort and tried to finish as well as possible. Of course the best climber's jersey, we will do everything to keep it! "
During a completely unbridled stage rich in twists and turns, the Cofidis team shone once again Four riders from the team have made the breakaway. Guillaume Martin, 5th on the stage, puts on the best climber's jersey, a great reward for the whole team.
Pierre-Luc Périchon and Victor Lafay were the first to join the breakaway after an hour of racing.When, José Herrada and Guillaume Martin, in a group of pursuers, ended up making the junction in the ascent of Puerto de Orduna.
The riders had to climb this 1st category pass twice and Guillaume Martin was 2nd each time at the top of the pass. Result: the Normand pocketed precious points in the mountain classification, enough to take the lead.
-Guillaume started the race with four other riders - Valverde, Woods, Peters and Fraile - all already stage winners on a Grand Tour. The Normand attacked several times before finishing in 5th place. For the third time in a row on this Vuelta, he finished in the ‘top 10’.
On arrival, Guillaume Martin was able to don the polka dot best climber jersey, his first distinctive jersey on a Grand Tour. A great reward also for the incredible collective work provided by his team members. From now on, everyone will get down to 'defending' this jersey on the roads of the Vuelta.
Guillaume Martin :
"I had fun and I hurt myself too! On this Vuelta, we see some unbridled races. I think it's nice to watch on television and it's nice to be the actor too. I run really liberated and it's been three consecutive stages that I find myself in the breakaway.