News | Giro d'Italia | Vuelta a Espana October 25, 2020

Third place for Rui Costa in Spain

McNulty 8th in the final time trial at the Giro d'Italia

On what has been a mountainous start to the Vuelta Espana, the riders once again faced another day in the hills.


Starting out from Biescas, the 6th stage of the Spanish race ended with the arrival at high altitude at Aramón Formigal,on a day that saw Rui Costa take third place, 25” behind the winner Ion Izagirre (Astana).


On a stage marked by constant rain, 24 brave souls made the day’s main breakaway. Among the men in front, Rui Costa and Colombian Sergio Henao were present for UAE Team Emirates. Climbing into the Pyrenees, the breakaway got the better of the chasing peloton, thus giving the attackers the chance to fight for stage success. In addition to Rui Costa’s 3rd place, UAE Team Emirates also entered the top 10 with Henao, 9th at 55 ”. David De La Cruz, 17th at the finish line (+ 1’23 “), gained three positions in the general classification, climbing up to 9th place, 2’46” from the new red jersey Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers).


The team also lies 2nd in the teams classification heading into week 2.


Rui Costa: “Today it wasn’t originally the plan for me to go in the breakaway. Henao got in the break originally and then I was covering the moves behind and ended up in it also.
The sensations were good but just a little bit tired from yesterday. I’ll be looking at the parcours for more chances later in the race. De La Cruz is also moving up the GC which will focus on too.”


Stage 6 results

1. Ion Izagirre (Astana) 3h41’00 “
2. Michael Woods (Ef) +25″
3. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.


General classification after the 6th stage

1. Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers) 24h34’39 “
2. Hugh Carthy (Ef) +18″
3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +20 “
9. David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates) + 2’46 “


Top-10 on final day in promising Grand Tour debut for McNulty


The 2020 Giro d’Italia for UAE Team Emirates ended with 8th place for Brandon McNulty in the time trial on stage 21, Cernusco sul Naviglio-Milan over 15.7 km.


On a flat course, the American completed his test in 18’02 ”(an hourly average of 52.237 km / h), 46” more than the winner Filippo Ganna (Ineos-Grenadiers).


McNulty’s placement in the top 10 adds to the two stage wins achieved thanks to Diego Ulissi, a second place conquered by McNulty (10th stage) and three third places (Bjerg in the 1st and 9th stages, McNulty in the 14th stage).


In the general classification, the American from UAE Team Emirates closes his first experience in a Grand Tour in 15th place (+ 38’10 ”from the winner Tao Geoghegan Hart of Ineos-Grenadiers).


McNulty: “Today went well for me. My legs were really really tired, but I just gave everything I had left and I’m happy with another top 10 result. Overall I’m very happy with my grand tour debut. Four top 10s and a respectable GC result is really nice and I hope to be able to keep improving over the years!”


Stage 21 results
1. Filippo Ganna (Ineos-Grenadiers) 17’16 ”
2. Victor Campenaerts (NTT) +32 ”
3. Rohan Dennis (Ineos-Grenadiers) s.t.
8. Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) +46 “


Final general classification
1.Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos-Grenadiers) 85h40’21 “
2.Jai Hindley (Sunweb) +39″
3.Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) + 1’29 ”
15. Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) + 38’10 “