Super Sosa wins Vuelta a Burgos

17 Aug 2019

Super Sosa wins Vuelta a Burgos

Vuelta a Burgos - Stage five: Santo Domingo de Silos › Lagunas de Neila, 146 km.

Ivan Sosa timed a late attack to perfection to win stage five and seal the overall title at the Vuelta a Burgos.

Sosa had weathered a number of attacks in the closing kilometres from his general classification rivals, before taking off in the final kilometre to chase down solo leader Rui Costa (UAE-Team Emirates) and storm to victory.

It was his second stage win of this year’s race, which ensured he sealed back-to-back victories in the Vuelta a Burgos, having won last year’s edition with his previous team, Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec. 

The action really kicked off with 23 kilometres remaining as Movistar, with their leader Richard Carapaz needing to make up 28 seconds on Sosa overall, picked up the pace on the front of the peloton.

This both reduced the size of the bunch and reduced the gap to the early break which had all-but capitulated by the start of the unclassified final climb - the Laguanas de Neila.

There was a GC stalemate with nobody willing to attack, until Carapaz made the first move with 2.5km remaining, which was swiftly followed by second-placed Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi Basque Country - Murias).

Demonstrating his maturity, Sosa did not panic and was paced back to the two escapees by David de la Cruz, who sacrificed his own GC hopes, and then Kenny Elissonde to bring the race back together ahead of the final kilometre. 

Rui Costa, who was no threat to the overall picture, was allowed to break free for a short period until Sosa attacked from the GC group, caught and then surpassed Costa to round off a superb team performance.
Ivan Sosa

Ivan Sosa

I'm so happy with the team, happy that they believed in me, as this is such a big result for me. I'm very excited about this win."

Ivan Sosa

"In the final kilometres, the team helped me to so much, they went full gas and it was fantastic. As we were approaching the final kilometre, I was a bit on the limit, so I tried to accelerate and bridge to Rui Costa as he looked strong. And then I was able to attack again.

"I'm so happy with the team, happy that they believed in me, as this is such a big result for me. I'm very excited about this win." 
Final standings:

1. Ivan Sosa (Team INEOS) 18:53:44
2. Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi) +31"
3. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) +42"
4. Antonio Pedrero (Movistar) +46"
5. Guillame Martin (Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team) +1'13"