Vuelta a Burgos #1: Kudus strong in 10th

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The opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos saw Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) take victory ahead of Pello Bilbao (Astana) and Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA), who was
third.

It was a good day for our team that saw Merhawi Kudus round out the top-10 in a strong performance.

An early breakaway was carefully watched by the peloton with Team Sky controlling matters for long periods. Within the final 50km a number of riders made moves to test the bunch, including Johann van Zyl, but nobody was able to make any of those stick.

That saw the teams all together coming into the finale with matters decided on the steep climb into the finish the stage’s final 800m, with Kudus finishing well and the rest of our team having good days out.

Merhawi Kudus – Rider

Generally the stage wasn’t too hard, everything was under control. Especially when the breakaway went, it was perfect for us especially for Louis and Igor to see how they are feeling, and to finish well. For me, Amanuel led me out perfectly into the last climb and I was in a good position.

With 800m to go, I was behind Astana who crashed so that affected me and I had to take it on. I started a bit early but I couldn’t wait so I tried my best and 10th wasn’t bad, I was looking for better. It was a really good team effort; the whole day we raced as a team, supported each other and looked out for one another. So it was a really good day for us.