Vuelta Espana 2017 – 72th Edition – 3rd stage Prades – Andorra la Vella 158.5km – 21/08/2017 – Vincenzo Nibali (ITA – Bahrain – Merida) – photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2017

Bahrain Merida Team’s captain wins stage 3 of La Vuelta (Prades>Andorra La Vella 158.5 km). The Shark claims a spectacular victory in the first mountain stage, sprinting to 1st place ahead of De La Cruz and Froome.

This victory is for the Team – comments Vincenzo Nibali – and for my teammate Javier Moreno,  he has been really unlucky yesterday.”

We’re only on the third day. It wasn’t easy to be ready for climbs and to win such a stage contesting the sprint” says Nibali speaking just after the finish “I had some difficulties on the last ascent, where my rivals keep a high tempo. I was behind and I must recover on the downhill to close the gap to the front small group of riders and try my chance to take the win

In the final km the Italian rider surprised his rivals, anticipating the sprint. “I knew that it was difficult to win, because there were very fast riders and today’s stage was really demanding due to high temperature too” adds Nibali, who after the stage wears the Green Jersey of leader of the points classification “It’s a long way to go”.

We told him from the team car – says Head of Performance Paolo Slongo – to try in the finale and after his fantasy and his class did the rest“.