NetApp-Endura finishes the Vuelta above expectations

Team News | 15.09.2013

After three hard weeks and a total of eleven summit finishes, the riders completed the Vuelta a España with a festive stage towards Madrid. After the start in Leganés the course over 109 Kilometres led the riders into the capital of Spain. After nine laps through the city of Madrid, the inevitable sprint final was won by the Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge). Zak Dempster challenged the sprint trains with a late attack, but was then overtaken by the main field and finished in 16th place. Leopold Koenig finished his first Grand Tour on the 9th rank overall and with a stage win, thanks to the effort and support of the whole team. Among 22 teams at the start, NetApp-Endura finished on the eighth rank in the team classification.

„We are very happy about finishing the Vuelta with such a good result. Zak tried to go for a win once more today, but his legs did not take him far after the last hard stages. It was Zak and Leo's first Grand Tour and their achievements exceeded our expectations. Our first goal was to win a stage, then we aimed at a top 10 placing in the overall classification and we even managed to get both. As a second division team we always stayed up front and we hope to having been able to get our name out more after these results. We are confident that we have earned our Wildcard invitation.” NetApp-Endura's Sport Director Alex Sans Vega commented in Madrid.

20 Kilometres towards the finish line the sprint trains began to assemble themselves. Until then it was a relaxed stage for the riders on top of the overall classification. The flat stage ended, as expected, in a mass sprint. Michael Matthews saw the right opportunity and decided the stage for himself.