“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.”
🏆🚀 𝑻𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒋 𝑷𝒐𝒈𝒂𝒄̌𝒂𝒓, campeón de la 69 Ruta del Sol Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucía #69RdS #UCIProSeries #AIOCC pic.twitter.com/xzL2wMJcHa
— Vuelta a Andalucía (@VCANDALUCIA) February 19, 2023
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
- Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) – 21:05:02
- Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) + 01:18
- Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious) + 01:23
- Carlos Rodriguez (INEOS Grenadiers) + 01:39
- Enric Mas (Movistar Team) + 02:02
- Tao Geoghegan Hart (INEOS Grenadiers) + 02:47
- Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) + 03:05
- Lorenzo Rota (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) + 03:23
- Andreas Kron (Lotto Dstny) + 03:40
- Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers) + 03:57