Vuelta a Burgos - Stage one: Catedral de Burgos › Mirador del Castillo, 157km

Eddie Dunbar, Richard Carapaz and defending race winner Ivan Sosa finished among the general classification contenders on the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos.

The riders tackled the traditional finishing circuit, featuring the Alto del Castillo climb, with Dunbar placing 12th, Carapaz 14th and Sosa 15th.

An eventful day saw Team INEOS arrive at the front in the closing stages, with Filippo Ganna working hard to pace the first passage of the climb. Carlos Rodriguez then kept the pace high over the top ahead of the final kick.

A fine solo effort from Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) saw him take victory by eight seconds and an early race lead. Sosa was alert to the move and briefly part of a counter-attack before returning to the pack, finishing 10 seconds back alongside his teammates.

The season got off to a tough restart for Sebastian Henao, with the Colombian coming off amongst the worst in a large crash with 55km to go - forcing him to abandon the race following a dislocated right shoulder

Elsewhere the team had to be alert as exposed roads and windy conditions caused the bunch to split on multiple occasions.


- Matteo Tosatto

"It’s obviously the first race after the lockdown and it was very impressive to see everyone around the race using masks, including the public. In a way it’s strange but once we’re into the race it’s the same as always and it’s about the legs. 
"For the guys it’s the first time out after months without racing and we’re very impressed with the performance. It’s tough for everyone but day by day, kilometre by kilometre it will improve. The team rode well and compact at the finish, especially the first time up the climb.
"It was unlucky for Sebastian to crash – we’re still waiting for the results of some scans from the hospital."