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