24-year-old German claims sensational victory in final Vuelta a Madrid circuit race with solo attack, 800m from the finish in the Paseo de la Castellana, right in front of the Bernabéu stadium.
A mighty move with less than a kilometer remaining on the fast stage three in the Vuelta a Madrid -100km and 19 laps around the capital’s financial district- brought Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar Team) his first success as a professional cyclist.
The powerhouse from Freiburg, 24, was initially expected to act as lead-out for his team-mate and Saturday’s winner Carlos Barbero, yet the lack of order inside the bunch after the final 180º corner allowed him opening a slight gap over the field, one that he’d not let shrink anymore. Barbero celebrated Jasha’s win in 4th spot.
Vice German ITT champion in 2016 and a key piece for many of his team-mates’ wins, Sütterlin’s maiden win ups the Blues’ account to a record 23, with eight different riders. In turn, Richard Carapaz managed to retain a top-ten overall finish (6th), also his first in a European stagerace.
Jasha Sütterlin: “I’m so happy for myself and especially for the team – we did such a great job together during the whole weekend, and we hope to keep this group going and succeeding in the future. It wasn’t a planned move: we were just trying to lead Barbero out, but the course – which suited me well, slightly uphill on the 2.5km up the finish and then down – and our good position into the final lap allowed me to make my move.
“After the final corner, with around 800m to go, I saw everyone hesitating, looking at each other, so I just went and tried to hold on – it felt really great. Celebrating today’s success? Maybe not today! (smiles) I have to travel to Sierra Nevada in southern Spain for some altitude training that will get me ready for the upcoming goals this season. Maybe the next one allows me enjoying it a bit more!”