fi'zi:k's Oss third at Vuelta a España

The first weekend of the Vuelta a España with fi’zi:k

Daniel Oss, competing for BMC Racing aboard his fi’zi:k Aliante R1 saddle and wearing his fi’zi:k R3B Uomo shoes, sits in third position overall after the first two stages of this year’s Vuelta a Espana. Rohan Dennis (fi’zi:k R1B Uomo shoes and Arione R1 saddle), who wore the first leader’s jersey after BMC Racing won Saturday’s 13.7km team time trial around Nimes, drops to sixth after a chaotic finale that saw Yves Lampaert take the win.

Strong crosswinds and predicted echelons left a nervous peloton lining up for the 203.4km stage from Nimes to Gruissan. A high pace but relatively flat parcours meant the whole field stayed together until around the 75km mark when heavy winds swept over the peloton, dropping around 20 riders, although none of the GC favorites including Chris Froome (fi’zi:k Antares R1 and Team Sky) and Romain Bardet (fi’zi:k Arione 00 and AG2R La Mondiale) got caught out.

Team Sky, who have riders of the calibre of Wout Poels and Ian Stannard (both fi’zi:k Antares VS) supporting Froome’s quest for a Tour-Vuelta double, moved to the front of the pack with 8km to go, but the sprint teams remained in contention. A group of seven jumped with around 2km to go with Lampaert showing enough to take the win and Adam Blyth (Aqua Blue Sport and fi’zi:k saddles) taking third place in the sprint for Irish Pro-Continental team’s first Grand Tour podium. Cannondale-Drapac’s Tom Van Asbroeck was top fi’zi:k finisher on the day in seventh.

Monday’s third stage sees the riders head 158.5km from Prades Confient Canigo to Andorra la Vella and features a couple of steep, punchy climbs.

Elsewhere in Europe, Elia Viviani (fi’zi:k Arione 00 and Team Sky) sprinted to victory at Cyclassics Hamburg, holding off second-placed Arnaud Démare and Dylan Groenewegen, despite puncturing 50km from the finish.

‘When I had a puncture, I had three guys around me to bring me back to the group and Owain [Doull, fi’zi:k Arione R3] and Danny [van Poppel, fi’zi:k Arione K1] did an amazing job in the last 5km,’ said the 28-year-old Italian.