Race report

Max Kanter takes first Grand Tour podium with 3rd place in fast Vuelta sprint finish

Vuelta a España

Photo Credit: Cor Vos

Today’s stage at the Vuelta a España saw a parcours that favoured the fast men of the peloton, with a predominantly flat 157 kilometres from Castrillo del Val to Aguilar de Campoo. From the flag drop a two-rider breakaway formed out front, while the peloton fanned across the road behind.

The bunch were always in control and slowly reeled in the breakaway throughout the stage, with the duo caught at around 20 kilometres to go. Approaching the finale, Jasha Sütterlin and Martin Salmon brought sprinter Max Kanter into a good position towards the front of the bunch. On the fast and frenetic run in, Kanter was initially blocked in but he was soon able to free himself and delivered a good turn of speed to cross the line in fourth place on the road. After a jury decision to relegate Bennett, Kanter was promoted to the podium and third place – his first ever WorldTour level and Grand Tour podium, and a good reward for the team’s hard work.

Max Kanter | Team Sunweb | Vuelta a España

“Today was another sprint stage where after one kilometre a two-rider breakaway got clear,” explained Kanter at the finish. “Then we tried to settle down in the bunch and save as much energy as possible for the final. The guys tried to support me as best as possible and bring me into the last kilometre in a good position. It was really nervous and hectic but they managed to put me into a good position. In the last kilometre I tried to find a good wheel to do my sprint. I came home in third which I think is a good result for us and we’ll try to do even better in the next sprint stage.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “It was a flat, sprint stage today and our goal was to sprint with Max. We had a clear plan for the final lap. The guys in general did a good job, Max was in position with Jasha and Martin. We stayed in a good position in the final kilometres, and we brought him into the last corner near the front with just over one kilometre to go. Max did a good sprint. He was at first a little bit boxed in but then he managed to start his sprint and finished third in the end. All in all it was a good result that we can be happy with and we’re looking forward to tomorrow again.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 ACKERMANN Pascal BORA - hansgrohe 3:39:55 100
2 THIJSSEN Gerben Lotto Soudal ,, 40
3 KANTER Max Team Sunweb ,, 20
19 SÜTTERLIN Jasha Team Sunweb ,, -
24 SALMON Martin Team Sunweb ,, -
86 DONOVAN Mark Team Sunweb ,, -
88 STORER Michael Team Sunweb ,, -
97 POWER Robert Team Sunweb ,, -
112 ARENSMAN Thymen Team Sunweb 0:35 -