Team Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman finishes stage 10 of the Vuelta a España with no time losses, after safely negotiating two mechanicals in the closing 15 kilometres of the stage.
Back in action after the first rest day yesterday, stage 10 of the Vuelta routed riders over 177 kilometres between Salamanca and Bermillo. After a fast opening 10 kilometres one man was allowed clear, with another later bridging across to join him after multiple chase groups were unable to make the junction.
As the intermediate sprint loomed, the peloton upped the pace and the catch was made to the duo up front at 30 kilometres to go. A rider took the opportunity to try it solo, but he was ultimately swept up by the bunch, who were keen to bring things back together for a bunch sprint to the line.
Bad luck struck Wilco Kelderman twice in the final 15 kilometres, with a puncture and then a wheel change needed. Returning back to the peloton with the help of team mates and with the latter safely inside the final kilometre, Wilco crossed the line with no time losses. Max Walscheid finished the day 16th in the sprint.
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “Today we had a sprint stage and focused with Max for stage result as well as keeping Wilco safe. All was under control, but in the final we ran into some punctures but we could quickly get our guys back in the bunch. On the last hill Max survived well and the sprint went to plan until the last kilometre where Max got boxed in – before that the guys were good in position. In the last kilometre somebody rode in Wilco’s wheel but because it was in last 3 kilometres it has no consequences. It was an eventful final and unfortunately Max could not sprint freely, but all are home safe after another day.”