Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team Takes Charge in First Week of Vuelta a España with Three Stage Wins

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Cycling: 71st Tour of Spain 2016 / Stage 2 Arrival / Gianni MEERSMAN (BEL) Celebration /  Michael SCHWARZMANN (GER)/ Magnus CORT NIELSEN (DEN)/ Michal KWIATKOWSKI (POL)/ Jonas VANGENECHTEN (BEL)/ Kristian SBARAGLI (ITA)/ Niccolo BONIFAZIO (ITA)/ Jhonatan RESTREPO (COL)/ Jean-Pierre DRUCKER (LUX)/ Ourense capital termal - Baiona (160,8km)/ La Vuelta / © Tim De Waele

Cycling: 71st Tour of Spain 2016 / Stage 2 Arrival / Gianni MEERSMAN (BEL) Celebration / Michael SCHWARZMANN (GER)/ Magnus CORT NIELSEN (DEN)/ Michal KWIATKOWSKI (POL)/ Jonas VANGENECHTEN (BEL)/ Kristian SBARAGLI (ITA)/ Niccolo BONIFAZIO (ITA)/ Jhonatan RESTREPO (COL)/ Jean-Pierre DRUCKER (LUX)/ Ourense capital termal - Baiona (160,8km)/ La Vuelta / © Tim De Waele

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Denver, CO – The Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team has once again proven their superiority as Grand Tour racers, dominating the standings in the first week of the 2016 Vuelta a España. At this point in the prestigious stage race, the team has earned three distinctive jerseys (overall, sprint, and combined), three stage victories, and led the overall team classification.

One of the team’s most impressive results came during Stage 9 when David De La Cruz attacked in the last kilometer of the race and took his first ever professional victory. His incredible display of athleticism not only earned De La Cruz the stage win, but he also jumped up in the General Classification standings and took hold of the red leader’s jersey. He finished three minutes ahead of the peloton, which made him the fourth Etixx – Quick-Step rider to lead a Grand Tour race this year (Marcel Kittel, Gianluca Brambilla, and Bob Jungels all led the Giro d’Italia).

Cycling: 71st Tour of Spain 2016 / Stage 9 Podium / David DE LA CRUZ (ESP) Red Leader Jersey / Celebration / Cistierna - Oviedo. Alto del Naranco 600m (164,5km)/ La Vuelta / © Tim De Waele

Cycling: 71st Tour of Spain 2016 / Stage 9 Podium / David DE LA CRUZ (ESP) Red Leader Jersey / Celebration / Cistierna - Oviedo. Alto del Naranco 600m (164,5km)/ La Vuelta / © Tim De Waele

Gianni Meersman has also had his share of spotlight at this year’s Vuelta, earning two stage wins so far. With the help of his teammates, Meersman captured Stage 2 for his first Grand Tour victory, sprinting to the line in the midst of a hectic finish. Meersman’s success was followed in Stage 5 when he outsprinted a dozen riders, shortly after an incident split the peloton in the final moments of the race.

Cycling: 71st Tour of Spain 2016 / Stage 5 Arrival / Gianni MEERSMAN (BEL)/ Celebration / Viveiro - Lugo (171,3km)/ La Vuelta / © Tim De Waele

Cycling: 71st Tour of Spain 2016 / Stage 5 Arrival / Gianni MEERSMAN (BEL)/ Celebration / Viveiro - Lugo (171,3km)/ La Vuelta / © Tim De Waele

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The 2016 Vuelta a España runs until September 11, 2016. Keep up with the Etixx – Quick-Step Team by following Rudy Project North America on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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