Simon Geschke takes 9th at Vuelta stage 16

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Wilco Kelderman Simon Geschke

Team Sunweb’s Simon Geschke put in another solid time trial at the Vuelta a España today, finishing stage 16 in a strong 9th place.

Back in action after the second rest day, stage 16 of the race presented riders with a 32 kilometre rolling time trial after a weekend of racing in the mountains. Team Sunweb’s Simon Geschke put in a powerful ride between Santillana del Mar and Torrelavega with his efforts earning him a valiant 9th on the stage, another solid TT result after his 8th on the opening stage.

Wilco Kelderman was the team’s last man out on the road. The Dutchman navigated his way around the test for the fast men in a final time of 39 minutes and 37 seconds, placing him in an eventual 16th place on the stage. His ride sees him maintain a solid 12th in the overall standings.

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Simon said: “I’m really happy I could do another good TT after already finishing 8th in the first one. I just tried to have a steady pace and push harder on the uphill parts. Hopefully I can continue on this way till Sunday.”

Wilco said: “This was everything I had, I gave it my all. I was feeling quite well, but technically not great, so more just wasn’t possible today. I expected a little more from the Vuelta yes, I trained really hard for it and felt good in the first week. If you consider where I came from and what I’ve been through over recent months, it’s been a really difficult period for me and I can be very proud that I’m standing here. I always want to go for the best possible but I also need to realise I am only human. If only everyone knew how hard I’ve been fighting – it’s disappointing that sometimes it just doesn’t pay off.”

Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “We had a solid TT day today. With Simon finishing top 10 but also top 25 performances from Martijn and Wilco. It was a hilly TT that wasn’t too technical, but good legs were needed and we could see that the guys dug deep today.”