Vuelta a Espana - Stage 15 » Martos › Sierra Nevada, 152.6km Tour of Britain - Stage 1» Aberdeen › Glenshee Ski Centre, 181.3km

Carlos Rodriguez battled hard to limit his losses on stage 15 of the Vuelta, with the young Spaniard now sitting fifth overall.

The 21 year old continued to impress on his debut Grand Tour, but was forced to settle into his own rhythm after slipping back from the lead GC group on the final climb of Sierra Nevada.

Finishing 14th on the stage, Rodriguez now sits 27 seconds back on fourth placed Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates), and was able to limit his losses with thanks to a great ride from Richard Carapaz.

The Ecuadorian dropped back from the breakaway and worked hard to pace his team-mate in the closing kilometres.

Tao Geoghegan Hart was another rider to slip back on the tough queen stage and now holds 18th overall at the final rest day.


- Carlos Rodriguez

"I felt good although it wasn’t my best day. There were stronger riders today and I was lucky to have all the team supporting me. Without them I would have lost more time. I have to be happy, it’s my first Grand Tour. To be at the front I couldn’t ask for more. 
"Richie did a super great job. He waited for me and he helped me. Thanks to him and all the team for their support."

Omar Fraile unleashed a strong sprint to take second place on the opening day of the Tour of Britain. The former Spanish champion was on the end of a strong Grenadiers lead-out and team performance in Scotland, on the tough ramp up to Glenshee Ski Centre.
Tom Pidcock was also up for fifth at the finish after battling back from deeper within the pack. The team had set a strong pace on the run-in, with Richie Porte putting the peloton on the limit in his final pro race. Magnus Sheffield then took it up, before Fraile opened up a headwind sprint, only to be narrowly edged out by Corbin Strong (Israel PremierTech).
The team had set a tempo for much of the day, keeping the five-man breakaway in check with Andrey Amador putting in a superb shift on the front. After rolling out of Aberdeen the day played out in tough, wet and windy conditions. 

- Omar Fraile

"I took the opportunity but normally the plan was to work for Tom today. In the last kilometres we were on the front and Tom lost a few positions. In the last 300 metres I saw that he was not on my wheel so I said okay I would try. Magnus did a very good job, going until 150 metres so I could start the sprint. But there was a lot of headwind and I couldn’t quite take the opportunity.
"But we can be happy with the way the team rode. Andrey was amazing, pulling and everyone on the wheel was on the limit. Today Andrey was super strong. The guys are all in good condition. For me the British weather is perfect. I hope it’s like this all week!"