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Pogačar on Winning the Vuelta a Andalucia: ‘We did a perfect job throughout the week’

By Monica Buck

The Slovenian won three out of five stages, finishing comfortably in the peloton in the last one. Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) placed second overall at 1:23 behind and Santiago Buitrago rounded up the podium at 1:28.

“It was really great. We did a perfect job throughout the week. I’m super happy with my shape and with the shape of the team,” Pogačar said after the stage.

“With the result, I’m maybe a little bit surprised, but I knew that my level is good. In this race, I felt really strong, and I hope I can feel as strong in the next races. Just to continue the season [as it has been] until now.”

The UAE Team Emirates tried to make it five wins in five stages by delivering Alessandro Covi to a perfect position. That provided the fans with an unusual sight of Tadej Pogačar leading the peloton and his team with 3 km to go. However, despite the great lead-out, it wasn’t meant to be for Covi. Omar Fraile (Ineos Grenadiers) accelerated down the finish flat and claimed his first win since the Spanish national title in 2021.

Vuelta a Andalucia results

  1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) – 21:05:02
  2. Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) + 01:18
  3. Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious) + 01:23
  4. Carlos Rodriguez (INEOS Grenadiers) + 01:39
  5. Enric Mas (Movistar Team) + 02:02
  6. Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS Grenadiers) + 02:47
  7. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) + 03:05
  8. Lorenzo Rota (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) + 03:23
  9. Andreas Kron (Lotto Dstny) + 03:40
  10. Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers) + 03:57