Former Tour de I’Avenier winner Marc Soler, aged 23, is making his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta. Soler ended up in third place, 56 seconds down on tstage winner Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) amnd 14 seconds after Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data).
“There wasn’t any cooperation between the ones in the group when Lutsenko and Haller attacked, I think that was the key for us not being able to contest the win,” said Soler.
“It makes you angry to see that a lack of agreement into a group prevents you from winning a Grand Tour stage, but things just went this way, and we’ll have to keep trying for the remainder of the race. My legs felt really better today. As I said before, I thought I would be getting into good form with some days of competition, and I’m feeling fine now,” he added.
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