Mäder: "It was a plan perfectly executed"
September 4 th 2021 - 18:30 [GMT + 2]
Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious): “It was a plan perfectly executed all the way to the line, getting Jack [Haig] on the podium and I get a nice surprise as well [with the white jersey]. It was really hard. We had Mark Padun in the break, he was really strong, maybe he could have won the stage if we didn’t ask him to wait. He did an incredible job to really help me and Jack. I think we came to this Vuelta with a podium spot in our mind and we get it in the end. A month ago, in Burgos, I wasn’t even sure I was gonna ride this Vuelta. Coming from the Olympic Games, having the vaccination, I wasn’t feeling super good, but my feelings got better everyday. I didn’t expect that yesterday, I didn’t expect it at all.”