Danish Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) on Wednesday became the first leader of the Tour of Andalusia, after prevailing alone in the first stage played between Alhaurín de la Torre and Grazalema.
The current champion of the Andalusian round exceeded another of the favorites, the Spaniard Mikel Landa (Bahrain), who was second, ahead of teammate Dylan Teuns.
Fuglsang’s victory began to take place ten kilometers from the goal in the hard ramps of the port of Las Palomas top-notch, when Landa launched an attack eleven kilometers from the goal that only the Danish could follow.
With good understanding, the two escapes came to have more than a minute of advantage to reach the last meters alone in the streets of Grazalema, where the Danish released his rival in the final meters to enter the finish line alone with six seconds ahead of Landa. Dylan Teuns entered third place, 25 seconds behind the winner of the stage, giving way to the rest of the pursuers. The two figures of Movistar, Marc Soler Y Enric Mas, finished out of the top ten, more than a minute from the leader.
Fuglsang has not been able to start better defending his title at the start of the season, marred by recent information about his alleged relationship with the controversial Italian doctor Michele Ferrari, suspended for life for being the architect of the doping program of Lance Armstrong. The cyclist denied having “met Dr. Ferrari” in a message on his Instagram account.
Thursday will take place the second stage of the Andalusian round, 198.7 kilometers between Seville and Iznájar, with three third-class highs.